THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes the recent pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte on the cancellation of all planned meetings and termination of peace talks.
AFP chief of staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero told SunStar Davao on Thursday, November 23, said they support the decision of their commander-in-chief in putting an end to the peace negotiation with the rebels following the killing of an infant in Bukidnon during the attack of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“We support the president's decision to cancel talks with the CNN (CCP- NDF-NPA) and will continue to safeguard our communities against attacks by the NPAs,” he said.
He also vowed to strengthen the AFP operations in order to secure the communities against the planned attacks of the rebels.
Guerrero likewise urged the public to exercise caution and support the troop’s efforts and programs to win peace.
“We ask the public for their continued support to the AFP's peace and development efforts,” he said.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said on Wednesday that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) will end the negotiation after the communists failed to reciprocate the government's effort manifested by the continued attacks against properties and civilians.
“We are hereby announcing today the cancellation of all planned meetings with the CPP/NPA/NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) in line with President Duterte’s directive that there will be no more peace talks with them,” he said in a statement.
On one hand, local authorities also welcome the recent development, citing that this move will ensure that there is now a concrete direction on ending the harassments and attacks of the NPA that have impede the developments of some areas because of imminent threat posed by this lawless armed group.
“I am a son of the service, my father- the late Colonel Francisco Tagum has served before me and fought the same CCP-NDF-NPA. After decades of unrest, wherein they killed thousands of our countrymen and affected the national growth and progress of our country especially in our countryside and after finally given a big chance by our President Duterte to share in Nation building,” Tagum said.
The previous attacks and atrocities launched by the left groups, he said only showed their true color which is only after the money they extort from different individuals to push their personal interest.
“These social pest has finally exposed themselves for what they really are- nothing but pure Criminal extortionists who cannot do away with their annual billions of pesos of criminal proceeds in the guise of revolutionary taxation. If not for a strong President, I fear that the fight of my late Father will be passed on to my son and my future grandsons. This is our only chance- to once and for all eradicate this social pest,” Tagum said.
Meanwhile, 10th Infantry Division (ID) Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) chief said that they will continue with their operations and community support programs in far-flung communities under their area of responsibility to further strengthen partnership with the communities and to encourage the rebels to lay down their arms.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagtanggap ng mga NPA na gustong sumuko. Tuluy-tuloy din ang pag address natin sa panawagan ng ating mga kababayan lalo na sa reports nila ng presensya ng NPAs n gumagawa ng extortion activities, pangrerecruit ng mga kabataang lumad para umanib sa armadong pakikibaka nila at mga planong magsagawa ng kaguluhan sa lugar,” Lamosao said.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on November 24, 2017.
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