By Dominic I. Sanchez
ZAMBOANGA CITY, August 4 (PIA) – Tawi-Tawi remains to be one of the most peaceful provinces in the country, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), yet many people have a negative perception on the peace and order situation there.
According to Tawi-Tawi PSSupt. Jerich Royales, it is a bit unfair for people to have a negative perception about the security situation in the province.
“Tawi-Tawi remains to be peaceful and orderly,” the police official said, “and we must capitalize on this.”
One of the reasons why people have a negative perception on Tawi-Tawi is because of its being situated near risk areas. “We hear from the news that an incident occurred ‘northeast of Tawi-Tawi’, or ‘southeast of Tawi-Tawi’, but in fact, people misconstrue this and they immediately think that the incident happened in Tawi-Tawi,” Royales said.
“We have to tell the world that the situation is different in Tawi-Tawi, we are very peaceful here,” he said.
To maintain peace and prevent the entry of violent extremists, the local police there have been conducting “counter-radicalization” activities targeting the youth. “We want to talk with the youth and make them realize that the teachings of the radical extremist groups are wrong,” he added. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)