Troop de­ploy­ment in Ne­gros

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

WHEN there is troop de­ploy­ment in a par­tic­u­lar area that sim­ply sig­ni­fies that there is a break­down of peace and or­der.

In Ne­gros, the in­tegrity of our prov­ince could still be man­aged by our town, city, and provin­cial of­fi­cials. We do not need ad­di­tional el­e­ments from the Philip­pine Army and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice to live in peace.

The wis­dom be­hind Mem­o­ran­dum Or­der No. 32 is to “sup­press law­less vi­o­lence and acts of ter­ror.” Should our prov­ince be a sub­ject of this? To what ex­tent is the de­gree of law­less vi­o­lence and act of ter­ror in Ne­gros?

We read in the pa­pers that dozens of po­lice­men are get­ting awards for their out­stand­ing per­for­mances in­clud­ing our BCPO and Nocppo di­rec­tors. In­vest­ments are com­ing into Ne­gros.

Our pub­lic of­fi­cials are reap­ing recog­ni­tion for their achieve­ments.

In the pre­vi­ous years, the army com­man­ders in Ne­gros were claim­ing that our prov­ince is peace­ful and there is only a hand­ful of NPAS in the prov­ince. Many have sur­ren­dered. Some are get­ting old and qui­etly re­tired. We do not know these are based on facts or sim­ply a part of the sweet pro­pa­ganda. Many of the Ne­grosanons have been to oth­ers provinces and they are con­vinced that Ne­gros is still good (bet­ter than the oth­ers).

Our prov­ince should not be cov­ered by procla­ma­tion NO. 55 wherein Pres­i­dent Digong de­clared a state of na­tional emer­gency on ac­count of law­less vi­o­lence. Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal is not Marawi. Peace and or­der is our as­set.

That could be the rea­son why the 5th In­ter­na­tional Ron­dalla Fes­ti­val was held in Si­lay re­cently; why the 13th Ne­gros Is­land Or­ganic Farm­ers’ Fes­ti­val was a suc­cess; why 400 del­e­gates at­tended Mice­con 2018 in Ba­colod; why

Me­ga­world is here.

Our pub­lic of­fi­cials, in­dus­try lead­ers, and church min­is­ters should tell Pres­i­dent Digong that Ne­grosanons could man­age their peace and or­der con­cerns. Our po­lice and army of­fi­cials can tes­tify and as­sure the pres­i­dent that prob­lems on forced dis­ap­pear­ance, ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, mas­sacres, and other hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions could be han­dled prop­erly fol­low­ing due process with­out ad­di­tional forces.

There is no group in Ne­gros that seeks to over­throw the gov­ern­ment, im­pair the in­de­pen­dence of the na­tion, or dis­mem­ber any por­tion of the is­land. Pres­i­dent Digong, in­stead, should help the Ne­grosanons to solve the prob­lems of mass poverty and mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment. Send us more engi­neers, more doc­tors, more nurses, more teach­ers, and cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for jobs.

We all agree that it is the pri­mor­dial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment to serve and pro­tect the peo­ple. Po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic pros­per­ity can be at­tained only when our peo­ple en­joy the bless­ing of in­de­pen­dence and democ­racy.* if

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