ENGLAND UK. Balita.org - Minsterley, October 23, 2008 7:45 pm by pna
Herminio Teves, whose family has embarked on projects involving the planting of jatropha and cassava in the valley. According to Lawas, Teves has assured to ...
DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 23 – Plans are afoot for the establishment of a civilian armed auxiliary in the lush Tamlang Valley in Negros Oriental to boost peace and order in the area where a massive bio-fuels project is being implemented.
The development comes following at least two incidents of burning of farm tractors in the area in recent months by the New People’s Army (NPA) which is opposing the project.
P/Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, provincial police director for operations, said the idea was raised by former 3rd district Rep. Herminio Teves, whose family has embarked on projects involving the planting of jatropha and cassava in the valley.
According to Lawas, Teves has assured to provide funding and other forms of support in the training and organization of the civilian auxiliaries.
The group would be trained as armed auxiliaries of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Lawas said Teves has also pledged to erect a building to house the armed auxiliary group at a strategic location in Tamlang Valley.
During a meeting Thursday in Siaton town, about an hour’s drive south of here, Teves confirmed the planned creation of an auxiliary group.
He said he still has to see the proposed plan for the building to house the auxiliaries before he can allocate funding for it, and for the possible procurement of firearms for the group.
The meeting was held to thresh out issues and concerns in Tamlang Valley amid complaints by a farmers’ group that at least 30 people were allegedly disenfranchised by the entry of large corporations that have embarked on wide-scale jatropha and cassava planting. (PNA)