BUTUAN CITY, July 14 -- With similar strong resolve of ending the local communist armed conflict, the top officials of Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) and Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 met and discussed their thrusts against insurgency in Caraga region.
During the recent visit of Major General Andres C. Centino, commander of 4ID, Philippine Army, at the PNP-Caraga headquarters, he presented the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFPs') thrusts to regional director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr., highlighting the need for support of the PNP in counter-insurgency campaign.
The program thrust of the AFP is a proactive response to improve the ongoing security operations and sustain pressure against the Communist New People's Army Terrorists (CNTs) and other threat groups in the region.
Both have expressed their exchange of support by sharing plans and programs to better serve and protect the people against those who undermine the rule of law.
"The police force pledges full support to our AFP troops in whatever assistance we can extend either in operational or administrative procedures. We continue to strengthen our collaboration with our valiant soldiers to immobilize the guerrilla fronts operating in our area," BGen. Esquivel said.
Meanwhile, MGen. Centino urged the government's security forces to step up efforts against the NPA members whose lawless activities hamper peace and prosperity in the region.
In Caraga, more rebels have laid down their arms and returned to the mainstream society upon realizing that they had been exploited and deceived by the NPA. (Major Renel E. Serrano, PIO-PRO13/PIA-Caraga)