By JANI ARNAIZ
October 3, 2011
MAASIN CITY – While his predecessor retired Lt. Gen. Jovito Palparan, made a bold prediction to wipe out insurgency in Eastern Visyas in six months, which he obviously failed, 8th Infantry Division commanding general Maj. Gen. Mario Chan, modestly pronounced that three years would be enough if the government spends P4.2 billion for Samar.
Chan made the declaration of timeline in a press conference after the signing of a joint declaration of an insurgency free southern Leyte.
“All I am asking is P4.2 billion for infrastructure projects in the three provinces of Samar and the insurgency will collapse on the fourth year,” Chan told the Reporter when asked if he has timeline for the insurgency in Samar.
He said that “if the government would start building roads interconnecting the interior areas and bridges and give what we were saying that P4.2B to do just that, in three years the economy would be in place and on the fourth year insurgency would collapse automatically.
“As of now, insurgents are there in areas where it could not be reached by government services. We are really trying to push for these infrastructure projects because if there are roads, power would follow and the people would think twice before joining the insurgents.”
He added that Cebu and Bohol provinces took seven years before the communists rebels died down.
In Samar, Chan said, the non availability of these infrastructures which includes power. May power lines ka nga wala naming kuryente. And these cannot be done by the milirary so this has to be done by the LGUs.
In Southern Leyte, there is political unity while in other areas there is only the political divide which we in the military are caught in the crossfire.
“Like in Leyte, there is political animosity but we are still on our timetable hopefully when the Albura-Buraen road will be finished before the year ends, maybe we could declare Leyte province as insurgents free,” said adding “that’s how we look at it.”