Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya on Friday said change will be felt in the way the military conducts its internal and territorial security operations.
"We are now in the final push as we approach the culmination of Internal Peace and Security Plan 'Bayanihan' by the end of this year. By stroke of fate, this six-month duration also coincides with the beginning of a new era of change as we lay down the bedrock foundation for security and defense under the new (Duterte) administration," he said during his assumption speech.
"It is in this context that I set the direction of our force allowing our Commander-in-Chief's paradigm shift in military operations," Visaya said.
Aside from the way it conducts internal and territorial security operations, change will also be felt in the AFP on how it assist law enforcement agencies in their fight against terrorism, drugs, and criminalities and by timely humanitarian assistance and disaster response under the banner of genuine transformation
"The AFP will continue to embark on a people-centered approach as we involve even various rebel factions in our aim towards nation building. We will support the expanded peace process with rebel groups and participate in consensus-building so we can already proceed forward in unity and harmony with our fellow Filipino citizens. Our impact in far-flung communities and even in urban centers will be felt as we gear for peace as we shun hatred and fear, and as we slowly break down the barriers of animosity and bigotry that have gripped our nation for decades," Visaya said.