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‘Insurgency, crimes drop’
BY RENE GENOVE

The New People’s Army rebel force in Negros Oriental has dwindled and crimes have decreased.

The claim came from Col. Manuel Ochotorena, Army 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, and Senior Supt Rey Lyndon Lawas, Philippine National Police provincial director, at a Kapihan sa PIA forum, Friday.

They attributed this to the creation of a Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center.

. Ochotorena said that, with the arrest of a suspected high ranking leader of the NPA, Danilo Badayos, the dismantling of one platoon camp in Sta. Catalina, the surrender of seven NPA members, and the joint operations among law enforcers, the government has gained headway in the campaign of sustainable peace and development.

Lawas said the downtrend of crime index may be credited to the strong coordinative efforts between the policemen and army soldiers in their operations.*RG

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