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Sorsogon town wants localized peace talks; Pero wag alisin kampo ng pulis

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The local government of Gubat town in Sorsogon is pushing for localized peace talks with the National Democratic Front – but also wants the police combat camp to remain.

Mayor Sharon Escoto cited the high number of killing and shooting incidents from June to November 2017 in calling for the localized talks.

“We are calling for a localized peace talk and ceasefire to bring back the peace in our town, and to minimize the collateral damage brought about by these armed conflicts,” Escoto said.

But the local government unit of Gubat also wants to retain the Philippine National Police’s Public Safety Battalion in Barangay San Ignacio.

For his part, Vice Mayor Sixto Estareja cited the killings of:
– Barangay Bentuco council member Pedro Esperida
– Alfredo Espedido
– Allan Nolasco
– Edwin Pura
– Wilfredo Broño
– PO2 Dennis Garbida

For its part, the Gubat town council passed a resolution for the retention of the 3rd Maneuver Regional Public Safety Battalion camp in Barangay San Ignacio in Gubat.

“This effort is a support to the vision of Gubat to become a center of agro-ecotourism, trade and industry, and quality education, thus the LGU-Gubat is making a lot of effort to address the root cause of this conflict,” Vice Mayor Sixto said.