BAGUIO CITY, June 18 (PIA) - - Police Regional Office – Cordillera Director PCSupt. Rolando Nana calls for partnership with the citizenry in protecting the independence that Filipino heroes have fought and died for, though this time the fight is against the present ills of society that curtail freedom to live in a peaceful and progressive communities or society.
“Looking at the environment we live in, I think we are not truly enjoying our freedom as we continue to fight the problems that are engulfing our society- which are criminality, corruption, illegal drugs and terrorism,” Nana said during the 120th Independence Day celebration here where he was the guest of honor.
Such societal concerns cannot be addressed by the police alone as it needs the unity and cooperation of all sectors of society, he added.
“Laban natin itong lahat” (This is a fight for all of us). You can depend on your PRO – Cor but you also need to look into how you can help. While we commemorate our independence, let us do our best to preserve what our heroes have worked for; each and every one of us have responsibilities despite the differences in our societal status,” he stressed.
Nana disclosed that around 20,000 drug personalities have already surrendered or arrested but there are still several drug- affected barangays and cultivation and trading of marijuana still persist in the region.
He also affirmed that crime incidents are in the down trend through the concerted effort of the government with the PNP and the AFP working together along with volunteer groups.
The government has long been working to forge peace agreement with armed groups but atrocities remain like the recent encounter in Sagada, Mountain Province where one police died and several others were injured, Nana added.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go also delivered their Independence Day messages focused on the celebration theme, “Pagbabagong Ipinaglalaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan” (The changes we are fighting for is for the country’s progressive future). Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)