The administration of President Benigno Aquino III is keen on dismantling private armed groups to ensure peace and order in the country especially during the mid-term elections next year.
In a press forum held this week President Aquino said that his government’s effort to disband private armies continuous.
Aquino mentioned that several private armies in some areas in Central Luzon and the Cordilleras have already been dismantled as a result of the program.
The President said, “We’ve been on a program to dismantle these private armed groups I think about less than four months;…the time that they actually went to an operation to dismantle. “It’s an ongoing effort”, he added.
“There’s a validation of the order of battle and I think not a week goes by without a report on specific armed groups that have already been dismantled”, the Chief Executive further said.
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II was already given instructions by the President to continue the effort, as the nation prepares for the 2013 elections.
Concern over the armed groups being used for election-related attacks in various areas of the country, have earlier encouraged a human right advocate Amnesty International to call on the government to revoke Executive Order 546. The EO it said allowed private militias to operate since 2006.