Pigcarangan, Tubod, July 10 – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Lanao del Norte invited Engr. Carmelo Enrique B. Libot, Provincial Director of DILG on Monday during its weekly session to shed light on the resolutions issued by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). Engr. Libot clarifies that NAPOLCOM is a collegial body (means a governmental entity whose power or authority is vested within its membership) within the DILG. Engr. Libot added that he has no personal knowledge in regards to the resolutions released by NAPOLCOM in stripping the Local Executive Officials of the deputation powers over the Philippine National Police. In his words, “We were quite surprised by the passage of the resolutions in fact I only knew of the resolutions when Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo called me up in the morning of July 5 to say that there was a news report. In regards to the basis of NAPOLCOM, the DILG in the local government sector has no knowledge of the basis and there was no report coming from our level recommending that the deputation powers are cancelled”.
In this year the Province of Lanao del Norte and other local government units have been awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance by the Department of Interior and Local Government. This is indicative that the Provincial Government and its local government units are working tirelessly to serve and protect the people of the province by sustaining the peace and order in partnership with the DILG, the PNP and the AFP.
DILG appreciates how supportive the Provincial Government is with the Police and the Military and during the Peace and Order Council meetings, we in the DILG sees how the Provincial Government is doing its part said Engr. Libot.
Director Libot also clarified to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that his office has not submitted any recommendation or report that would jeopardize the image of the peaceful province of Lanao del Norte.
Board Member Reinaro Bihag requested Engr. Libot to help the province clean the tainted image of Lanao del Norte which the people of the province has nurtured for years by submitting recommendation to its regional office and then to the national office.
Board Member Atty. Superman Usop said that these resolutions were made without any proper validation. Engr. Libot assures that in his capacity he will help the province by clearing the names of the Provincial Governor and the Municipal Mayors and he will recommend that these resolutions are need to be corrected when he goes to the regional office in Cagayan de Oro.
On July 6, 2017, the Local Chief Executives of the Province of Lanao del Norte held a press conference in Cagayan de Oro led by Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo to disprove the resolutions released by NAPOLCOM.
During the press conference, Governor Dimaporo personally appeals to NAPOLCOM, to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and to our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to revoke the resolutions damaging the peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Norte. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and its Local Chief Executives has always been supportive to the programs of President Duterte when in fact various anti-drug groups have been formed with the help of the Provincial and Municipal Government like the Marandinganons Ayaw sa Droga (MAD) and Camp based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CaDRE).
Stripping the Governor and the Municipal Mayors of the authority over the Philippine National Police in the province is detrimental to their personality as public servants. The grounds are baseless NAPOLCOM should have first conducted a thorough investigation in the Province of Lanao del Norte before releasing the said resolutions, the Governor said.
DILG’s Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse and Peace and Order and Public Security (PADA-POPS) regularly conducts workshop in the province which Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo strongly supports. The last workshop was held in Mindanao Civic Center-Hotel Function Hall in the first quarter of this year. In this workshop, DILG and LGU’s have agreed to protect the constituents of Lanao del Norte by coordinating with the PNP and expressed their unwavering support of the anti-drug campaign of President Duterte.
Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo uttered his disappointment to the resolutions released by NAPOLCOM and he appeals to the commission to correct the mistake they have done as soon as possible by removing the Province of Lanao del Norte from the list. The sensible Congressman believes that the PNP will be more effective in implementing the various programs of the national government with the help of the Local Chief Executives.
2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo calls the resolutions a discriminatory decision towards the Muslim government officials. Why other provinces or cities where drugs are proliferating and threats of terrorism are constantly felt by its residents were not included, is it because they are run by non-Muslim government officials? This is discrimination and this is not good and should be corrected immediately said Congressman Bobby.
Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and her family for years sustained the peace and order of Lanao del Norte through unity, respect and understanding of the Muslims and Christians of the province. The Municipal Mayors and the two District Congressmen agrees with the Governor that NAPOLCOM should be held liable to correct the mistake they have incurred to Lanao del Norte and to the peace loving people of the province.
The people of the province have not expected that an agency of the national government will contribute in tarnishing the image of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN