'Dismantling private armies needs everyone's support' — Palace

January 4, 2010 10:58 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 4 — Dismantling of private armies is a task that needs the support of everyone.

Presidential Economic Spokesman Gary Olivar made the observation at a media briefing Monday afternoon in Malacanang.

Last December, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 275 creating a commission tasked to dismantle private armies. The order was prompted by the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao by an armed group allegedly controlled by the Ampatuan clan.

Olivar said, however, that the commission can hope to attain its objective only if it has the support of the general public.

“This is an undertaking not just by the administration or the commission but by all of us who wish to put an end to the kind of violence that occurred last year in Maguindanao,” Olivar said.

According to Olivar, the administrative order places under the commission all available resources of the government to complete the task within the four-month deadline.

He pointed out that the commission, which has a multi-sectoral composition, is mandated to consult with, and thus will need the support of, all stakeholders.

“The commission deserves our full support, not our pre-judgment,” Olivar said.

President Arroyo, he said, hopes to stamp out the decades-old problem before stepping down from office six month from now. (PNA)

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