Re­gion 7 se­cu­rity coun­cil to meet next week to dis­cuss Abu Sayyaf threat; barangay in­tel­li­gence net­works on alert

Business World - - THE NATION -

CEBU GOV­ER­NOR Hi­lario P. Da­vide III will con­vene the Re­gional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil in Cen­tral Visayas (RPOC 7) next week to dis­cuss mea­sures against the threat of the kid­nap-for-ran­som Abu Sayyaf Group. Mr. Da­vide, chair­man of RPOC 7, said the meet­ing has been set af­ter this week’s trade min­is­ter’s meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions in Bo­hol to en­sure the at­ten­dance of the re­gion’s other gov­er­nors and top po­lice and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials. Mr. Da­vide, in a state­ment, said the pres­ence of Bo­hol Gov. Edgardo M. Chatto “is ex­pected to pro­vide im­por­tant in­sights in deal­ing with ter­ror threats fol­low­ing the thwarted en­try by the Abu Sayyaf mem­bers in In­a­banga, Bo­hol last April 11.” Mean­while, Cebu Vice-Gov­er­nor Agnes A. Mag­pale called on all barangay chair­men in the prov­ince to ac­ti­vate their Barangay In­tel­li­gence Net­work, es­pe­cially the coastal vil­lages, to help thwart the en­try of the rem­nants of the Abu Sayyaf who are still on the run. “Res­i­dents could eas­ily iden­tify new faces who will en­ter their barangays. If they are the ones re­port­ing to us through the Barangay In­tel­li­gence Net­work, chances are high that their in­for­ma­tion can be re­li­able. They are the best source of in­for­ma­tion,” Ms. Mag­pale said in a me­dia fo­rum Tues­day.

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