Table Talk: Is the city safe from lawless elements and terrorists PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 November 2011 15:29

BY Mike S Apostol

“Very safe,” according to military and police authorities and city officials. Many residents think so but businessmen think otherwise. They believe that our peace and order situation is still unstable due to many factors beyond the control of the military, police and city officials. Like a system loss in the distribution of electric power,  breakdown of peace and order is also “man made” and “technical”.
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Man-made in breakdown of peace and order comes in many forms. First, many military and police personnel are active in the service, but are not physically present. They are either assigned or detailed with city, provincial and municipal officials or they act as security and bodyguards of businessmen and influential individuals. As a result, we lack military and police personnel to man or guard the city. Second, some of our military men and policemen are suspected to be moles or spies of the lawless. This is one anathema that has caused so many casualties in our military and police establishment because the lawless are given information beforehand in an operation. They are ambushed mercilessly. In an arrest of criminals and lawless suspects, the police go back to base empty-handed because police targets are forewarned before the operation.
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Technical in the breakdown of peace and order also comes in many forms but the most common is inadequate logistics. Police cry lack of gasoline, ammunition, vehicles, sometimes allowances, etc. etc. The military establishment complains of old and dilapidated war machines, helicopters and bombers, communication system, watercraft to run after fleeing terrorists, smugglers and kidnappers. Many times, the watercraft of the lawless are faster and newer than our AFP. Even the firearms of our AFP are sometimes below par compared to the guns of their enemies.
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Where does “intelligence gathering” come in our city in this prevailing peace and order situation? Is the city government contributing or sharing her huge intelligence fund to the police and military establishment in the city? Also, are police and military commanders in full support of their frontliners in terms of financial and other operational needs? Perhaps this is now the time to redirect our objectives to the lawless from disturbing the peace of the city which is also straining the city’s economic future. The redirection of all these objectives must start from the military, police and civilian establishments. And exert all efforts with no stone unturned to reveal the identities of suspected police and military moles and spies of the lawless that are rumored to have infiltrated our establishment. We cannot afford to be like the fairy tale of “The Emperor’s new clothes”, walking naked in the street because the Emperor’s tailor fooled him by saying only the stupid and fool from among his kingdom cannot see his beautiful robes until it took an innocent boy to say the truth that the Emperor is walking naked. His tailor was beheaded.
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