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Balitang said that when the people can show that the region is peaceful and orderly, this would show the rest of the Filipinos including the peace keeping force of the nation, line agencies and national offices that the region is ready for the regional autonomy being pushed and spearheaded by the Regional Development Council (RDC), the region’s policy-making body.

“Being a peaceful region would give a good signal to the President that we are indeed all set to be a Cordillera Autonomous Region pursuant to the mandate of the 1987 Constitution that provides for the creation of autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and the Cordillera,” he said.

He said that hesitations for supporting the autonomous status of the Cordillera could be affected by the violence being experienced in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The peace and order situation of the region would convince people and Congress in particular to support the autonomy bid of the region since the culture of the people in Mindanao is totally different from the culture of the Cordillerans who are peace-loving citizens, he said.

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