ARMM to tackle BaSulTa security concerns in special RPOC meeting PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:29

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will hold today, Nov. 22, a special Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting to tackle concerns on peace and order in three of the five provinces in the region.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said the special RPOC meeting, which will be held in this city, will cover the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa).

The other two ARMM provinces are Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

Hataman said the special RPOC will tackle the problems on kidnapping and others perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf brigands in the three provinces.

Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to be still holding hostages, including foreigners, in the hinterlands of Sulu.

Hataman said the meeting aims to encourage local government units (LGUs) and the community to actively help in the campaign against lawless elements.

He said the ultimate solution to achieve peace and order is not just through military warfare along.

“There should be functional governance up to the barangay level,” the ARMM governor said.

“The matter of counter-terrorism or anti-terrorism is not just the concern of the security sector. This is an affair of everyone,” he added.