By Mario Casayuran

 

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III mentioned yesterday the event of Mindanao’s financial system and infrastructure might show to be the federal government’s best weapons towards terrorism and extremism.

“Bringing jobs and economic opportunities to Mindanao, earlier tagged as an island of promise, could aid efforts to thwart attempts to radicalize youth in the region,” he mentioned.

“Aside from neutralizing the present menace in Marawi metropolis, authorities should additionally have a look at what has to be finished in the long run to stop the radicalization of younger Mindanaoans,’’ he identified.

Pimentel, a local of Cagayan de Oro in northern Mindanao, mentioned research revealed that violent extremists around the globe “usually exploit the situations caused by poverty to recruit males who’ve very restricted financial and employment prospects.”

“The discovery of over P52 million in cash in a Marawi home suggests that the financial rewards of joining terrorist groups like the Maute or ASG play a role in attracting recruits to their cause,” he defined.

He mentioned he was hopeful that the decision of the Marawi disaster and the large infrastructure improvement deliberate in Mindanao would assist entice traders to the area and, consequently, enhance the financial fortunes of its folks.

“Traditionally underserviced regions like Mindanao are susceptible to extremist propaganda because the perceived apathy of the State can be used by terrorists to advance their agenda,” he mentioned.

“But President Duterte is a game-changer on this regard as a result of as the primary Chief Executive from Mindanao, he’s dedicated to marshaling the sources of our authorities, not simply to finish the threats posed by terrorism, however to quickly develop the area’s financial potential,’’ he added.

Pimentel enumerated a number of the varied big-ticket initiatives in Mindanao that might be undertaken by the Duterte Administration as a part of “Dutertenomics” and what the federal government calls “the Golden Age of Infrastructure.”

Among these are the P32 billion 2,000-km Mindanao Rail line which is able to join Tagum with Davao and Digos, the P4.9 billion Pangil Bay Bridge that can join the City of Tangub in Misamis Occidental and Municipality of Tubod in Lanao del Norte, and the P80.four billion Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network (MLIN) that can enhance the logistics infrastructure community in Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCSKSARGEN and CARAGA.

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Source: manilabulletin