Village chiefs in Angeles City support gov’t anti-terror drive

At least 33 Punong Barangays in Angeles City expressed support to the anti-terrorism drive of the government.

At least 33 Punong Barangays in Angeles City express support to the anti-terrorism drive of the government. (48th Infantry Battalion, PA)

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They made their pledge during the Awareness on Communism, Terrorism and Security for Peace 2020 forum recently organized by the Philippines Army ‘s 48th Infantry Battalion (48IB) at the Angeles City Police Office Covered Court.

“The activity aims to provide a better understanding of the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law and Executive Order No. 70 of President Duterte,” 48IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Felix Emeterio Valdez said.

Resource persons include Coalition for Security Toward Peace Lead Convener and Executive Director Frederick Mikhail Farolan and representatives from 48IB, Angeles City Police Office, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Patrol Partylist.

“We have been persistent together with our police counterparts on ways on how to impart information and awareness to the people in our area of operations to avoid misinformation and to promote harmony in the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020,” Valdez said.

“This endeavor will continue and, together with our police counterparts, we will reach out to every corner of our area of operations to inform and to impart regarding the new law,” Valdez said.

703rd Brigade commander BGen. Andrew Costelo said, “this is a good step of the 48IB for the Punong Barangays to be made aware of the true and clear provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020.”

“Alongside with the Executive Order No. 70, it is necessary that barangay executives will be equipped with true and needed information regarding the law to avoid confusion and to synchronize the effort towards peace and development,” Costelo said. (Carlo Lorenzo Datu, PIA 3)

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