Aquino's full confidence with military chief remains: Palace-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III's full confidence with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista remains amid the Zamboanga crisis and the fresh encounter between the government troops and members of rogue Moro group in North Cotabato.
In a press briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President "saw no problem" with the leadership of the AFP and cited the response of security forces to dangerous situations, particularly the ongoing Zamboanga City standoff where government troops are engaging members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction.
Lacierda also said the AFP was responsible for the immediate cessation of new hostilities in Midsayap, North Cotabato after a platoon from Alpha Company encountered an undetermined number of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Monday morning.
"We've seen the response of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They are ready to address (the situation) in Zamboanga City and now they are also ready to face, in fact the fire fight in Cotabato with BIFF has stopped," he said.
"There is no problem in so far as the leadership of AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. The President has full confidence in him," he added.
According to Lacierda, troops conducting combat clearing operations in Sitio Mirasol, Barangay Prolomugen, Midsayap, North Cotabato around 8:35 Monday morning, encountered an undetermined number of BIFFs under an unknown leader. One soldier was reported killed and another was wounded. (SDR/Sunnex)