Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Isamel Sueno disclosed that they are eyeing to revive the concept of Alsa Masa or masses rising in order to make Filipino citizens more involved in anti-crime efforts in a non-violent way.

He emphasized that it is more volunteerism than vigilantism which the government is trying to adopt from one of the concepts of death squads in Davao.

“We will institute volunteerism. Maybe this organization can also come up with what needs to be implemented in the barangay level,’ Sueno said during a hearing on the DILG’s budget. “We will launch this concept in the middle of this month.

DILG eyes ‘alsa-masa’ to increase citizen involvement
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Furthermore, he disclosed that they intend to name the group Mamamasid or Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya at Iligal na Droga.

With this, the volunteers are able to be the eyes and ears of the national government especially in the grassroots level while the current admin sustains its massive crackdown on illegal drugs.

The information gathered by the group’s members will be presented to the Philippine National Police, who will then do the investigation and necessary arrest.

“We intend to organize this group. This is the mandate of the President in his campaign against illegal drugs.”

Sueno said that no allocation has been made yet for the project and he denied the claims that this particular project is a duplicate of other anti-drug agencies.

Founded by Jun Pala, the Alsa Masa became notorious in mid 1980s because it targeted communists and sympathizers in Davao City and also in other parts of Mindanao. ASCS

Source: Philstar

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