5 factors why peace can’t be attained in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 January 2011 11:30

Political intervention, non-deliverance of some elective officials, involvement of politicians in family feud, non-cooperation with barangay officials and political conflict are the main factors why the efforts of the military and the police in trying to bring lasting peace in the province in Basilan could hardly be achieved.

This was the content of a report presented by the Police Regional Office of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM) during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held the other day at the Basilan Provincial Capitol.

No less than the different town mayors confirmed the PNP report and expressed their disgust over some of their own barangay officials who refused to cooperate with them in trying to prevent criminalities like bombings and kidnappings.

Mayor Mohamad Kabukisan of the newly created Al-Barka town in Basilan said that even in his own municipality, many of the barangay chairmen do not cooperate and support with the program of his administration.

“Every time I call them for meeting, no one shows up,” Kabukisan said during the PPOC meeting with high-ranking officials of the PNP and the Army in attendance.
Al-Barka and the four other newly created municipalities like Ungkaya Pukan, Akbar, Tabuan Lasa and Mutamad have not been receiving their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) since its creation. The Provincial Government is the one subsidizing all the necessary expenses of these towns.
Kabukisan revealed during the PPOC meeting that some of the barangay officials in his town are relatives of the criminals.

He admitted that there are members of the extremist group staying in the town of Al-Barka.
“That is why, I’m seeking help from the barangay officials to cooperate with the authorities for their arrest. Pero ni isa ayaw mag cooperate,” Kabukisan said.

Because of the ongoing military operation against the lawless elements in Basilan, including the town of Al-Barka, Kabukisan said that residents of at least 15 barangays in his area have temporarily evacuated from their houses.

The Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Jum Akbar has committed to assist Kabukisan’s town through the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office.

Just this week, an additional police force from Region 3 and PRO-ARMM was deployed in Basilan to assist the existing forces of both the PNP and military. — Jimmy Villaflores