Gov. Roel Degamo angrily directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police yesterday to address the insurgency problem and push the New People’s Army rebels out of Negros Oriental.
Degamo was irked by recent atrocities committed by the rebels, that included the burning of heavy equipment used in the construction of roads in the hinterland barangays of the province.
The governor said he was giving justice to the people in the hinterland barangays when he started constructing road networks in the mountains from Pansiao, Luyang in Mabinay up to Cabcacaban in Bindoy because that is what they wanted.
“We don’t like insurgents in the province. You terrorists have no place in NegOr. I’m not joking or fooling around in my work. We are a peace loving people,” Degamo said.
At the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center meeting yesterday at the provincial Capitol in Dumaguete City, Degamo said he is working hard to give justice to the people by providing them with basic services but this was not recognized by the rebels.
He enjoined the people of the province, local chief executives, the Army and the police to fight the terrorist group and get them out of the province.
But he also stressed that peace cannot be achieved through guns and bullets.
He called on the PNP and the Army to reactivate the Bayanihan concept, like what the then 79th IB and the 11th IB did before, in cooperation with the Magdegamo medical, dental mission, so the people in the hinterlands will experience true and genuine government and “will not patronize the leftist group”.
He also asked different intelligence communities to enhance their information gathering, and directed Task Force Leon Kilat and other law enforcement agencies to continuously seal the province from any form of terrorism and spillovers from Mindanao, and secure Negros from bombings and kidnappings of foreign nationals.
Degamo warned anybody who cuddles terrorists that he will not hesitate to use all his powers to take them out of the province.*
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