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Only 4 guerilla fronts remain in East Visayas, 8th ID chief says

Tacloban City (June 18) -- "I am positive that the insurgency problem in Eastern Visayas will be crushed before the end of the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo," Major General Arthur Tabaquero, commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said.

General Tabaquero made the statement during the Regional Media Interview with President Arroyo at Barangay Rebong, Las Navas, Northern Samar on June 16, 2009.

"Of the eleven active guerilla fronts in Eastern Visayas, seven were already dismantled," General Tabaquero disclosed.

The good General said that only four active guerilla fronts remain active, two in Northern Samar and two in Western Samar. Three of these fronts will be dismantled before the end of 2009, the General said.

This campaign against insurgency will become a reality especially if the people will continue to give their support and cooperation and work hand in hand with the military, with the government, General Tabaquero stressed.

President Arroyo agreed with General Tabaquero and called on the people to help the government in its campaign to rid the country of the communist insurgency problem.

"The fight to eradicate insurgency is every one's fight. We all have a duty to perform and a challenge that must be met," the President said.

The President, while citing the remarkable progress attained by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the drive to dismantle the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF), admitted that more efforts are still needed to resolve the 40-year-old insurgency problem.

"We have made a lot of success in our fight against insurgency. However, there are more that need to be done if we are going to remove this challenge which has plagued the government for many years," the President told a regional media interview here.

Military data as of May 2009 showed that the membership in the communist terrorist movement dropped significantly from 7,170 in 2006 to 4,874 in 2009.

The same data disclosed that from 100 guerrilla fronts in 2006, only 75 remain active.

It was also noted that the number of armaments in insurgent hands had been reduced nationwide: from 6,060 in 2006 to 5,143 in May 2009.

Likewise, the number of affected barangays had been reduced from 2,121 in 2006 to 1,378 in May 2009, the President said. (PIA 8) [top]

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