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BONTOC, Mountain Province – There were no reported communist-terrorist sightings and insurgencies in the municipality for the past two quarters.
This was reported by 2nd LT Ramil A. Sumague, the Commanding Officer of the Bravo Company, 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army during the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting held on July 28, 2021, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol Auditorium.
With this, he commended the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU), Barangay LGUs, and the community for their support to ensure that peace and order reign in the capital town.
He also reminded everyone not to be complacent and to always be mindful of any presence of communist terrorist groups.
“Security is everyone’s concern. Thus, I encourage everyone not to hesitate in reporting suspicious individuals entering your respective barangays,” he added.
He also mentioned that the Bontoc LGU, Barangay LGUs, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously working together for peace and order in the municipality.
The Youth Leadership Summit is one of the series of activities conducted by the Bontoc LGU through the Local Youth Development Officer-Designate in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), AFP, PNP, Sangguniang Kabataan, respective Barangay LGUs, and other partner stakeholders.
Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey seconded the appeal of 2nd Lt. Sumague regarding the role of the community in preventing the youth against NPA recruitment and in mitigating terrorist activities.
“Let us continue to work with the AFP and the PNP in maintaining peace and order in our municipality. Do not be afraid to report any suspicious individuals entering your barangays so we can keep Bontoc a safe place to live in, ” the mayor added.// Christy Che-es & Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc LGU