Gov’t rallies Piagapo village folks’ support vs. extremism

By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

Aleem Mustapha Panganting, Piagapo town’s deputy mayor for Islamic Affairs, calls on residents of barangay Kalungunan to work with the local government and the security sector to achieve lasting peace and tranquility in Piagapo. (Michael John Paclar / PIA Lanao del Sur)

PIAGAPO, Lanao del Sur — Officials of the municipal government here, the Philippine Army, and the Philippine National Police called on village chiefs and their constituents to cooperate and never compromise the peace and security in their villages.

Piagapo town deputy mayor for Islamic Affairs Aleem Mustapha Panganting made the call during a community outreach program in Kalungunan, one of the remote villages of the municipality where barangay officials and traditional leaders, as well as chairpersons of nearby villages, attended.

Mustapha encouraged them to work together with the government in forwarding peace which is also the ultimate principle of Islam. Their cooperation, he said, can be conveyed by supporting government programs and projects.

Major Napoly Cariazo of the 12th CMO Battalion appeals to the people of Barangay Kalungunan in Piagapo town not to harbor terrorists and instead work with the government to eliminate terrorist groups that are destroying communities. (Michael John Paclar / PIA Lanao del Sur)

“Magtulungan tayo na magkaroon ng kapayapaan at katahimikan dito. Suportahan natin ang mga programa ng gobyerno dahil tulad ng Islam itong mga programa ng gobyerno ay naglalayon din ng kapayapaan,” he said.

[Let us work together to have peace and tranquility here. Let us support government programs because like Islam, these government programs also aim for peace.]

Police Captain Sherwin Destora backed Mustapha’s call adding that government programs are intended to improve the lives of the people. He also urged barangay officials to encourage their constituents not to support those who are causing trouble in the barangay.

For his part, Major Napoly Cariazo, executive officer of the 12 CMO Battalion, pointed out the lessons learned from the Marawi City siege.

“Alam naman natin yung nangyari sa Marawi, sana hindi na maulit yun. Huwag na po tayong mag-alaga at kumupkop ng mga terorista na sila yung naninira sa ating kapaligiran, sa ating mga buhay, sa ating mga ari-arian,” he said.

[We know what happened in Marawi, I hope it won’t happen again. Let us no longer take care of and provide a refuge to terrorists who destroy our environment, our lives, and our properties.]

He emphasized that one of the ways to avert extremism and terrorism is through collaboration between the civilian populace and the security forces.

Meanwhile, 51st Infantry Battalion commander LtCol. Fernando Payapaya asked for the community’s support by providing crucial information involving threats to peace.

“Yung mga tao na nagdadala ng baril o armas dito na hindi naman authorized ay wag ninyong papasukin. Itakwil niyo na at e-report sila sa amin at kami na ang bahala na gumawa ng aksyon para makaalis sila dito. Huwag na kayong sumuporta sa maling ideolohiya na sinusulong nila sa inyo,” he said.

[Do not let those people who are not authorized to bring guns or weapons enter here. Reject them and report them to us and we will take action to get them out of here. Stop supporting the false ideology that they are promoting to you.] (APB/PIA Lanao del Sur)

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