AFP to replace 'Bantay Laya' with new anti-insurgency plan

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to come up with a new anti-insurgency plan under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, describing this to be "in collaboration with civilians."

Major General Carlos Holganza, chief of the army's 10th Infantry Division, said the army is set to announce a new-anti-insurgency plan to replace outgoing President Gloria Arroyo's “Oplan Bantay Laya.”

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In crafting the new plan against insurgency, Holganza said, the military will be working with civilians, and peace building stakeholders.

"Magkakaroon tayo ng bagong campaign plan. Matatapos na kasi yung Bantay Laya. This new plan will be provided by so many other sectors made up of civilians. Kasali na dito ang communities at the groundlevel," Holganza said in an interview last week at Ateneo de Davao University during the launching of "War Wounded: Combat Stress Sequelae of the 10ID Soldiers" by Gail Tan-Ilagan.

Holganza reiterated earlier military statements about seeing a "weakening" of the New People's Army (NPA).

"Within the ranks mismo nakakakitaan natin ito ng deterioration. The past incidents of kidnapping, or yung ambush sa Compostella Valley was only a show that 'we're still here'. They themselves know they are becoming weak, communication nila within the ranks are getting weak," Holganza said.

General Romero Fajardo of the 10th Infantry Division earlier said based on latest observations collated by the Army throughout the country, forces of the NPA weakened in terms of forces and support from terrorist-prone areas.

Fajardo said the military attributed the insurgency reduction to the government troops for a strong combat engagement against the rebels and its approach to communities.

He added that Samar, Bicol, Caraga, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, and Negros are provinces where insurgency is still present.

"Other than pursuing them in combat our engagement in communities has helped up lower ang (the) support to these rebels. Talagang masasabi natin na nagde-deteriorate na sila (We can say that they deteriorating.)," he said. (JCZ)

Afp replace bantay laya new anti insurgency plan

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