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CPLA objects to PNP Kalinga, Apayao transfer to Region 2

BAGUIO CITY (15 October) -- The Cordillera People's Liberation Army(CPLA) has joined the growing list of officials, and various sectors opposing the transfer of the administrative and operational control of the Kalinga and Apayao provincial offices from the police Regional Office-Cordillera(PRO-COR) to Region 2.

In a letter of CPLA Chief Mailed Molina addressed to the Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, he stated that "Such transfer is a clear violation of the Mt. Data Peace agreement enunciated in Executive Order No 220, series of 1987 creating the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) composed of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and the City of Baguio and Administrative Order No. 36, series of 1987 directing the organization of various offices of the national government in the Cordillera Administrative Region."

Molina is requesting newly installed PNP chief Avelino Razon to recall the order transferring the administrative and operational control of the two CAR provinces to PRO R2 based in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan issued last August 30, 2007 by recently retired PNP Chief Oscar Calderon under NHQ-PNP General Order Number DPL 07-11.

Cordillera Representatives to Congress have earlier written President Gloria Arroyo to reconsider the order citing that they were not consulted about it and the move id prejudicial to the concern of the Cordillera people to stand and administer itself as one region.

Provincial and municipal officials of Kalinga and Apayao as well as some religious and civic groups from the affected areas have also vehemently opposed the move.

In other developments, CPLA Chief Molina issued a notice to Joel Gatchalian, Nardo Ayyokad, Bantalao Aliga, Ana Biniahan, M, Salda and all others working with Joel Gatchalian, to refrain from using the name of the CPLA in any of their undertakings since their appointment.

The notice dated October 7, 2007 stated "your appointment as members and officers of the Baguio-Benguet Command issued by former Battalion Commander Bao-anan Waguis is null and void from the very beginning."

It cited three reasons - that the CPLA recruitment ended in 2000; names of the said persons do not appear in the roster of original troops in any command, and their appointments violated the organization's policy on collective decision making and have not been confirmed by the High Command.

'Your refusal to heed this notice will compel the High Command to take the necessary legal actions against you to preserve the integrity of the organization", Molina warned.

Baguio City Social Welfare Development Officer Betty Fangasan earlier reported in a meeting that a group claiming to be members of the CPLA and headed by a Joel Gatchalian is working as security guards/goons for a Mr. Boy Salda, a claimant to a donated lot in barangay Irisan where the City Social Welfare Youth Center stands.

The presence of Gatchalian's armed group in the area poses threat to the children and staff at the center, Fangasan said. (PIA-CAR) [top]

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