Proposed IMT headquarters in Sibugay province opposed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 14:23

IPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY — The Provincial Peace and Order Council of Zamboanga Sibugay this week passed a resolution primarily addressed to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process objecting to the planned establishment of a headquarters of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to be based in the province.
This came amid intelligence reports that the said body has already secretly rented a big compound in the capital town of Ipil to house its personnel. The IMT is a multi-national body monitoring the conduct of peace process in Mindanao and is recognized by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Panel.

In a report, DILG Sibugay Provincial Director Wilhelm Suyko, PPOC Chief of Secretariat and spokesperson, said the move came a week after the same body passed a resolution urging the international entity to observe protocol by informing the provincial authorities of their presence in. the locality. It was during two instances of joint military-police operations against suspected lawless elements in Naga town that the IMT figured prominently without any prior notice to the provincial authorities.

In the recent resolution which was principally authored by Governor Jalosjos, it was emphasized, among others, that the province is MILF-free that there is no need for the IMT to stay thereat. It further said that the presence of the IMT would just be used as a shield to pursue plans of proliferating criminal acts by individuals who claims to be members of the MILF when in fact they are common criminals involved in kidnapping, extortion, robbery and murder.

Director Suyko said that Governor Jalosjos is expected to personally bring the matter to the attention of the President as the seriousness of the matter requires prior consultation with the local residents.