78% of ARMM officials not in their areas Print
Sunday, 17 December 2017 17:38

Around 75% of local government officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are out of their areas of responsibility, a top military official reported.

Western MIndanao Command Lt Gen Carlito Galvez made the statement based on reports reportedly given by regional millitary commanders.

Galvez gave the information in relation to a question on why the military is having difficulty in crushing the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless groups in the region despite resources and efforts poured in by the national government.

“Ang challenge is good governance.  Based on data, there are 75% of LGU officials not residing with their constituents.  There is a big problem,” said Galvez.

Galvez however said that some officials are cooperating with the military and this has resulted to “substantial gains” in the war against terrorism.

He also said that they are reaching out to religious leaders and the Sultanate in an effort to counter misinformation spread by the terrorist in their recruitment and regeneration efforts in Mindanao.  (Liza Jocson)