‘Terror Summit’ scheduled in Mindanao

Jul. 04, 2007

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will convene a Mindanao Peace and Security Summit next week to strengthen anti-terrorism measures and discuss the problems stakeholders would face in implementing them.

Deputy National Security Adviser Pedro Cabuay said in a taped interview during “The Cabinet Speaks” TV program this afternoon the summit will be convened by the President as head of the National Security Council (NSC) from July 8 to 10, 2007 in Cagayan de Oro City.

He said the summit is also expected to draft an agreement or covenant among attendees regarding their commitment to battle terrorism in all fronts.

“Ang objectives ng summit na ito ay unang-una, para alamin ang mga problemang hinaharap ng ating mga kasamahan, kasundaluhan at lahat ng stakeholders sa ating laban kontra-terrorismo; pangalawa, upang magkaroon ng formulation ng mga programa at mga gagawin natin upang mapagaling pa ang ating laban sa terrorismo; at pangatlo, para magkaroon ng sort of agreement or covenant between stakeholders in Mindanao upang mapadali at mapaganda ang laban natin sa terrorismo,” Cabuay said.

He said the NSC will be inviting all those who believe that permanent peace should reign in the country. These would include “multisectoral groups sa Mindanao kasama na dito ang local government officials (governors and mayors), Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of Philippines, mga Ulamas, priests and even representatives of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, members of the academe and Cabinet members who hold positions in the security cluster committee.”

“We will try to reach out to everybody who will contribute to the summit,” Cabuay said.

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