Bong Ko to city gov’t: Use money to fight terrorism PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:58

Former Vice Mayor Bong Ko on Saturday urged the city government to use and spend more money or intelligence funds to effectively fight terrorism and lawlessness in Zamboanga City, as he warned they may be more terror acts after the deadly bomb attack in Guiwan Friday that killed two people and wounded 57 others.

In a statement, Ko said the war against terrorism cannot be fought by mere words and emphasized the Climaco adminstration must use money to buy vital information on terror groups, especially their plots and whereabouts.

“This is no longer a joke. Let us not wait for the worst to happen,” Ko said as he warned the bomb attack on Friday was not just a case of extortion, but a terror act similar to those carried out by jihadists in the Middle East and Africa.

He said he learned that the city government had increased its budget for the annual intelligence funds that are used in the fight against criminality and terrorism

“If it is true there is now bigger budget for intelligence funds, then maximize its use to stop this terrorism once and for all,” Ko said, adding that during his stint in the city government, he fought well against criminality sometimes using his own personal money.

He however said the intelligence funds must be used properly to be effective in the anti-terrorism campaign, otherwise Zamboanga City would be experiencing more terror attacks.

“Enough is enough,” Ko said.

Moreover, Ko asked Mayor Beng Climaco to tell the public how the intelligence funds are spent.

“The mayor must be transparent as regards the funds,” Ko said. “She should tell if the current appropriation is enough. If not, then the city government can ask the approval of President Aquino to allocate more for more effective campaign.”

“I was there I know...” he said.