Ilocos peace and order council tackles insurgency

LAOAG CITY — Representatives of the Regional Peace and Order Council convened in Vigan City on Wednesday to tackle updates and pressing issues on insurgency in the Ilocos region.

Attended by representatives from the inter-agency government network composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine Army and other multi-sectoral representatives, the discussion was presided by Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos.

Due to the sensitivity of the issues being discussed, the meeting was off-limits to the media.

The agenda mainly focused on updates on the regional peace and order situation covering the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan, particularly regarding government efforts to resolve the insurgency problem.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.

Under the law, anyone proven to be financing these groups would be held liable.