Davao City - No amount of badmouthing, character assassination and myopic reasoning can hide the truth about the world-famous wickedness of the Davao Death Squad and the communist terrorists.

This is the reaction of the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist to a well-orchestrated tirades by media paid hacks of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod after the debacle created by the misguided privilege speech of City Councilor Nilo Abellera last Tuesday in reaction to ANAD's claim that Davao City is not really peaceful and in fact a dangerous place.

“The more Mayor Rody Duterte's Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod thru its paidf media mouthpieces would defend the peace and order issue, the more they would expose the naked truth behind the Davao Death Squad and the alliance of Hugpong with the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said ANAD Partylist-Mindanao Coordinator and Spokesman Arthur Tariman.

According to Tariman, the reaction of Hugpong councilors and its paid media mouthpieces is “very panicky” that they entirely missed the points raised by ANAD Partylist about the fragile and temporary peace condition of the city.

“In their futile efforts to hide the truth, both the Hugpong councilors and their media protectors looked and sounded like the apologists and defenders of the motorcycle-riding assassins in the urban areas and the marauding communist terrorists in the hinterlands of the city,” the ANAD Partylist-Mindanao spokesman commented.

Tariman reiterated that Hugpong's and its media spokespersons' claim that ANAD Partylist has no right to question the city's state of affairs especially on peace and order only reflects the ignorance of these people on the nature of a duly-registered Partylist Group (PLG) and the scope of its activities and concerns.
“ANAD, like the Hugpong-backed CPP-NPA-NDF-affiliated PLGs such as Bayan Muna, Anak Pawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, ACT, AKAP-BATA and Katribu, are national in scope that they can campaign anywhere in country. ANAD's advocacy includes peace and order, communist insurgency and terrorism that is why it strongly denounced the LGU-sponsored summary killings and the local officials' open and blatant collusion with communist terrorists,” emphasized Tariman.

ANAD Partylist bats for “law and order” and not merely “peace and order.” Meaning the full, consistent and fair enforcement of laws, and the prosecution, conviction and subsequent rehabilitation of the criminal offenders with the active participation of the community.

“If you truly and honestly implement the laws you would have order in the society, and if you have order in the society then you would have authentic and enduring peace. A positive peace,” Tariman explained.

In the countrary, the prevailing peace in Davao City is not principled and lasting as it has been secured through sheer brute force and it did not address the root causes of criminality and insurgency. It is a negative and temporary peace..
In view of the situation, ANAD Partylist calls for the strengthening of the criminal justice system in this party of the country. It calls for the law enforcement agencies especially the Philippine National Police, the prosecution service, the court and the penology to work together with the community to address the root causes of criminality.

“In civilized societies, citizens are not taking the law into their hands. As part of the community, citizens work with the government in enforcing the laws and not breaking it. Therefore, vigilantism has no place in a civilized and democratic society like Davao City, Tariman concluded. (ANAD PARTYLIST-MINDANAO NEWS AND INFO BUREAU)

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