Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AFP says they’re on track in reducing rebel threats

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 16): AFP says they’re on track in reducing rebel threats
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. said the government is optimistic of minimizing threats of the New People’s Army (NPA) by next year.

Briefly speaking to reporters during the Korean Armed Forces completion of mission ceremony, Catapang said they would not be able to completely eliminate the communist rebel, but they are positive of significantly reducing its force .

“The country will be more peaceful, but there are still NPA remnants. We have about one year to do that,” Catapang added.

The AFP chief said the recent declaration of Samar provinces as peace and development ready province (PDRP) ahead of the 2016 timetable is a manifestation that anti-insurgency efforts are gaining headway. Samar Island has been known as haven of armed rebels for decades.

The Samar provincial government and the Philippine Army’s 8th infantry division, 801st infantry brigade spearheaded the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) formally declaring Samar as PDRP. It was held on Dec. 10 at the provincial capitol in Catbalogan City.

On Dec. 4, the provincial government of Northern Samar and Philippine Army formally declared the minimized threat of NPA activities in province through a signing of a deal at the Farmer’s Training Center, University of Eastern Visayas campus, Catarman, Northern Samar.

“The declaration of Northern Samar as PDRP is the latest milestone in the successful implementation of the peace and development efforts in the Eastern Visayas region,” the army said in a statement

Northern Samar is the last of the six provinces in Eastern Visayas placed under the PDRP status.


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