Security, peace and order in Bohol have been tested severely these past few months, but the way the people and the authorities handled the situation has fast becoming the template and best practice.
The best practice has been so effective, even a general of the Philippine Army lauded the way the people of Bohol banded together to maintain the peace and to fight the terrorists who want to destroy the Boholano way of life.
Major Gen. Jon N. Aying, Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, exhaustibly talked about the Peace and Security Mechanism and Approaches of the Armed Forces in its fight against terrorism and other forms of insurgency and rebellion.
Gov. Edgar Chatto and SEEM Cluster Head Liza Quirog felt proud that the Bohol experiences on earthquakes and terrorism are looked upon by the AFP as best practices worthy of emulation.
“Kitang-kita ko ang political will dito sa Bohol. Tingnan nyo yung background,” Aying admittedly praised Bohol and the current provincial leadership.
He said, “if there is no socio-economic development, there is no political development.”
On the other hand, Chatto admitted that it was in the 1980s (the height of insurgency) when he was still a neophyte Mayor of Balilihan that he came to realize that education is not enough to capacitate the people, that you need political will and instill awareness in them and make them see that we should stand and fight together as one if we want to remain a free people. (LMS/Edcom)