From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 17): Insurgency problem no longer a threat to peace and security in Palawan
Insurgency problem in Palawan is now manageable and no longer poses a threat to
its peace and security, the Western Command (Wescom) Headquarters of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced.
Lieutenant Col. Edwin Alaba, commander of the Operations Department of the
Wescom, said because of this development, they are ready to turn over (the peace
and security) responsibility to the Philippine National Police (PNP) so they
could concentrate on major concerns in their area of responsibility (AOR).
Alaba said the activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New
People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Palawan have been downgraded “to manageable,“ (a
level) that the police can already handle.
In response, Police Senior Superintendent Abad Osit said they are ready to
accept the responsibility because they have already trained their personnel to
deal with the province’s insurgency problem.
Currently, 35 barangays in the city and the province are considered
“threatened” due to reported presence of the armed men.
“However, we have not received any report of members of the CPP-NPA
committing crimes, or even collecting revolutionary taxes, so we are ready for
the plan of the Wescom,” he said.