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Dureza urges rebels to live normal lives


PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza Tuesday urged local rebels in Surigao del Norte to stop fighting so that development can continue in the area.

“Ang gusto ng ating Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte, kung pwede ‘di na tayo mag-away. ‘Di na tayo magpatayan. Magkaisa na tayo,” Dureza said in his message at the inauguration of the LASICAM Bridge in Barangay Sico-Sico, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, on Tuesday.

“Magbalik na kayo nang bukal sa inyong puso. Malaki ang suporta sa inyo ng Presidente,” he added.

The bridge passes through the three barangays of Lahi, Sico-Sico, and Camam-onan in the Municipality of Gigaquit – known stronghold corridors of local insurgents in Surigao del Norte for decades.

The project will benefit more than 3,000 residents by giving them access to socio-economic ser­vices carried out by the national and local government.

The bridge will also give local farmers and residents better access to market sites. (Francis T. Wakefield)