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New tack in dealing with rebels needed

/ 01:07 AM November 03, 2011

Perhaps, the P-Noy administration has to change tack?

When a ceasefire agreement is in place, ambuscades are launched against government troops. The rebels know that the Philippine government is politically restrained from going after the traitors all-out because it has to honor its commitments under the ceasefire agreement.

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On the other hand, the rebel groups can always say that those violating the ceasefire agreement are their “wayward” members, over whom they have lost control.

I am not a warmonger, but neither am I a pacifist. I agree that peace should be pursued to the hilt. But the state must as resolutely exercise its police power to stamp out criminality and other forms of atrocity.

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The function of government is to insure that all its citizens, regardless of creed, race, tribe or ethnic group, are protected from harm, and their welfare is safeguarded. A dysfunctional government opens the way to chaos and anarchy.

The nation loses. The advantage goes to the enemies of the motherland.—BOB GABUNA, [email protected]

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