by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018
MANLA, Philippines — Destroy the enemies of the state.
This is the clear order of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) during a command conference in Mawab, Compostella Valley last Monday.
The President announced he wants to eradicate all the terrorists in the country.
“He mentioned that in equivocal terms to destroy the enemy of the state. For the part of the PNP it’s the defeat or destruction of drug syndicates primarily with us the supporting role. But the destruction of CPP-NPA that is our primary task,” 1003rd Infantry Battalion Commander Col. Ernesto Torres said.
With this, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the AFP will deploy another battalion of soldiers to help in defeating the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army or the CPP-NPA.
Three battalions of soldiers have already been deployed at the 1003rd infantry brigade
The military said the Chief Executive also vows to provide funds for the rebels who would surrender to the government.
“He said let us offer something to them, meaning the active rebels, something that is more than what the communist are offering. He made mention of land, houses, and jobs. He said he will find funds for this program that we would be proposing,” Torres said.
Among the counter insurgency measures the government wants to implement is the improvement of the reward system of the AFP and its programs for the indigenous people or Lumads in the region. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The existing martial law in Mindanao is set to end on the 31st of December.
With this, various groups opposing the military rule call on the government to no longer extend the proclamation.
They said martial law violates human rights particularly in the communities of Moros and Lumads.
The groups claim this is the reason why they want the military rule to end.
President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he will base his decision on the matter on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, they based their recommendation on the current security situation of the country.
“Our recommendation is based on assessment not only covering the NPA’s, the assessment covers all threats. But of course you yourself, members of the media, have extensively reported about these atrocities by the NPA. So your coverage will speak for itself. We really have seen that there is an intensified action on the part of the NPA,” said Guerrero.
The AFP Chief of Staff, however, refused to reveal the contents of their recommendation, saying it will be the President himself who will decide on whether to extend the military rule or not.
However, when Guerrero was asked about the possibility of a nationwide martial law declaration, he has this to say…
“It’s always a possibility, everything is possible,” Guerrero added. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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