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8ID hosts Samar peace and security dialogue

September 20, 2015

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City The 8th Infantry (Stormtroppers) Division, Philippine Army, the Police Regional Office 8, Philippine National Police (PNP) organized a peace and security dialogue with local officials of Samar and Calbayog City at 8ID Grandstand on September 19, 2015.

The dialogue was aimed at fostering harmony among the military, PNP, local officials in the area of Samar and Calbayog City in observance of the National Peace and Consciousness Month and in line also with the effort to establish Honest, Orderly and Peaceful National Election next year.

It can be recalled that a shooting incident happened last week at Barangay Victory, Calbayog City where five were reported dead and two were wounded, while based also on the report, 34 shooting incident happened this year in Samar and 22 of those were reported dead.

The dialogue was attended by Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID; PCSupt Asher A. Dolina, Regional Director PRO8, PNP; Governor Sharee Ann Tan Delos Santos of Samar along with the 150 members from her Party, Mayor Ronald Aquino of Calbayog City together with the 50 members of his party composed of barangay captains in the area, field commanders in region 8 and the media.

An open forum was conducted to iron out security measures, peace covenant and allegiance for peace and non-support to Private Armed Group (PAGs) and Goons wherein both party pledge their commitment against violence and promote peaceful means of campaigning this coming election.

Major General Velarmino, said the dialogue plays a significant event to stop this shooting incident and senselessness to paved the way for peace in Samar and Eastern Visayas as a whole. We need the support and cooperation from our Local Chief Executives and the people of Samar so that just and lasting peace will be realized.