Return to your families, AFP urges rebels
BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO
ILOILO – The 3rd Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has asked members of New People’s Army (NPA) to spend time with their families and forget violence and armed struggle.
Major Gen. Aurelio Baladad told Panay News that this is the best time to spend a week of peace, freedom and tranquility.
“In the spirit of peace,” he said, “we call on the NPA to stop deliberate offensive operations against the people. Your Philippine Army in Western Visayas will continue to secure and protect the public, maintain its vigilance and intensify further its security operations in various parts of the region.”
Baladad has ordered all his ground commanders in the region to continuously conduct assessment of the security conditions in their respective localities and make the necessary security adjustments to ensure public safety.
On the other hand, the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) deployed maximum personnel to the field to provide proactive measures and secure vital economic facilities and populated areas.
“We are ready to provide additional security contingencies to support the other government forces. We have to protect the community from lawless elements,” PRO-6 director, Chief Supt. Josephus Angan said./PN