Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Military personnel tasked to implement measures to suppress, prevent lawless violence to be given 'TIE'

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 7): Military personnel tasked to implement measures to suppress, prevent lawless violence to be given 'TIE'

To prevent possible human rights violation charges, military personnel tasked to implement measures to suppress and prevent lawless violence, will be provided with "Troop Information and Education" (TIE).

"AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya directed the conduct of TIE to our soldiers in the field, particularly those in the Western Mindanao Command, Eastern Mindanao Command and National Capital Region through the most expedient means," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in statement Wednesday.

This follows the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte of Proclamation Number 55 Declaring a State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence over the weekend.

"The lectures will cover what the proclamation entails and how this translates to the AFP," Arevalo said.

The military official said the TIE would also lay down the guidelines on how to perform specific tasks related to the proclamation.

Arevalo said these tasks included, but not limited to, the conduct of checkpoints, foot or mobile patrols, enforcement of curfews whenever and wherever necessary in tandem with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

And by the conduct of TIE, the AFP would like to ensure proper information and knowledge management to its officers and men on the ground, he said.

"We would like to ensure that as we respond to the Commander-in-Chief's call for the AFP to help suppress lawless violence in Mindanao and prevent its spread in other areas of the country, the execution of our tasks will always be proper and with due regard to every citizen's entitlements under the Bill of Rights," Arevalo pointed out.

"We would like to enlist the willing cooperation of our Kababayans in this endeavor to suppress lawless violence and prevent the spread of similar violent incidents in other parts of the country," he said.

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