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DILG acts on complaint vs private armies in Tampakan

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is already finalizing its investigation report on the alleged presence of private armed groups in the municipality of Tampakan, South Cotabato.

In a reply letter to Tampakan Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Domingo Collado, DILG Head Executive Assistant Kevin Carpeso said that the department had already tasked the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) to take cognizance of the complaints filed by indigenous cultural communities on the alleged presence of private armies in the area.

“Asahan nyo po na ang NBOO, isang kawanihan sa DILG na siyang naatasang maging focal point sa usaping pagbuwag sa mga Private Armed Groups, ay kasalukuyang gumagawa ng ulat bilang tugon sa inyong liham at upang maipaliwanag ang naging resulta ng nasabing talakayan,” Carpeso said.

Members of the indigenous Blaan tribe filed the complaint about the alleged private armies before DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr., last year. Municipal Mayor Leonard Escobillo had earlier warded off allegations of the existence of private armed groups in his town.

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