‘ZERO CRIME’ MUNICIPALITY IN MAGUINDANAO CITED

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Maguindanao second district Assemblyman Khadafeh Mangudadatu announced that the municipality of Mangudadatu in Maguindanao, which marked its seventh founding anniversary on Wednesday, has been declared “zero crime.” Mangudadatu has been deprived of internal revenue allotments since their creation because it lacked the 25,000 population requirement. “We don’t have a jail in our town because we have no criminal to put behind bars,” Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu said. Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu established the Maguindanao Task Force on Reconciliation and Unification to advance the campaign against loose firearms and settle local feuds. Lt. Col. Markton Abo, commanding officer of the 33rd Infantry Battalion of the 6th Infantry Division, said the “ka-tha-ta-ba-nga [cooperation or helping one another]” is a “complete approach” that have been adopted by the Armed Forces, the police and local officials and citizens toward attaining peace and development in the region.

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