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Andanar : GSN to boost anti-terrorism war

The government satellite network (GSN) will be launched in more than 42,000 barangay halls and all attached agencies of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) nationwide, including the Philippine Information Agency, Philippine News Agency, Radyo Pilipinas and PTV4, this June.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar  said the GSN, which will allow the transmission of government videos, photos, and data to even remote parts of the country, will boost the government’s anti-terrorism campaign.

Andanar said the GSN will be a big help to prevent proliferation of terrorism and extremism through the Internet.

“We’re using the power of leverage with so many barangays (villages) throughout the country,” Andanar said.

He said village officials can now directly report any movements of criminals, including terrorists, in their respective jurisdiction through the GSN.

Andanar said satellite receivers with free internet will be deployed as part of the project that was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte in December last year.

He said Duterte and barangay officials can have direct communication using the GSN.

“This is a big program wherein we try to bring the national government to the barangays or to the basic unity of governance in our country,” Andanar said.

He said the President could also directly monitor the government’s ongoing campaign against illegal drugs through the help of barangay leaders.

He also said the GSN will also boost the government’s campaign against disinformation, misinformation and fake news.

The satellite network can also be used during calamities and disasters particularly typhoons and other natural and man-made catastrophes.

For those who have complaints against their barangay officials, Andanar said the people can use the national government’s complaint hotline, 8888. Philippine News Agency