By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to continue monitoring the peace and order situation in Sulu despite the waving of white flag of some 100 former violent extremists which was formalized through a ceremony on Saturday, July 30.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said that the road to achieving lasting peace is still up ahead as the campaign against criminality and lawlessness involves an intricate process.
“Their surrender is a milestone but we prepare ourselves into making things work for them. We want to avoid similar situations when they and/or other new recruits will be persuaded to join the rebels out of deceit,” Danao said.
Danao believes that it is high time to prove to the rebel returnees that their decision to go back to the folds of the law is a prudent choice.
“We must make sure that they feel that the government is capable of helping them survive and thrive in life. The PNP has this innate task to keep them away from harm, so with the rest of our countrymen,” Danao said.
Danao said that the PNP is in constant coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcers to monitor the movements of existing rebel and terror groups in Sulu and other identified ‘red’ zones.
Priority is given to areas where there is an intense need to deploy more personnel due to the escalated violent condition. Threat assessment is ongoing.
“Meanwhile, the PNP continues to implement programs and outreach activities in far-flung areas to move basic services closer to them,” Danao said. (ai/mtvn)