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Put into practice peace and order efforts - Cong. Agyao

Tabuk City (5 December) -- Kalinga Lone District Representative Manuel S. Agyao urged the people of Kalinga to take a stand for peace not only in words but through action.

He appealed for the people to cooperate with the law enforcers and report criminality. This action on the people's side he said will already be a great help in the solution of criminality in the province. Through vigilance and active participation of the public, perpetrators will be hesitant to do criminal acts.

He pointed out that there is a need to "look deeper into the peace and order problems and analyze the reasons behind criminalities in the province."

He said that not all crimes are related to tribal conflict or bodong related, since most of the cases are on the conduct of illegal activities, such as gambling, drug abuse, logging, theft and robbery.

The bodong he said should not hinder the enforcement of the law especially of the police who are sometimes hesitant to make arrest because of the involvement of binodngan.

These notions he said should be changed urging concerned government agencies to make the people know and understand the national law. He suggested that bodong provisions that may hinder the implementation of said state laws should be amended.

"We have to teach the people about the Constitution," he said stressing that the bodong or being a binodngan should not be used as a reason not arrest offenders.

In support for lasting peace in the province, he commended the action of the provincial government for supporting the march for peace and for the conduct of a provincial peace summit as a step in solving peace and order here. (ggdumallig/PIA Kalinga) [top]

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