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Task Force Davao ordered: Strengthen drive vs terror

THE Philippine Army (PA) chief ordered Tuesday Task Force Davao (TFD) to strengthen its campaign against anti-terrorist and continue the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan in its area of responsibility.

Lieutenant General Emmanuel Bautista, PA chief, issued the order anew to TFD personnel and other Army troops in entire Davao Region to maintain the security and stability in the area.

Bautista, during Monday's "Give Us This Day" program of the Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's Kingdom of Jesus Christ, said he believes that through the IPSP Bayanihan, which focuses on the welfare of the people, the country will be able to attain peace step-by-step.

He said the campaign is a nationwide approach that needs everybody's cooperation.

"We at the Armed Forces strive to protect the Filipinos, that is why we are committed to adhere to the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law and the rule of law. The intent really is to win the peace rather than fighting," Bautista said.

He also reminded his troops on the moral transformation of the Army, which is part of the IPSP Oplan Bayanihan, for them to fully implement the internal security and peace plan.
Bautista said the soldiers have to be credible and effective, that they have to prove to the people that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are professional forces and well dedicated to serve the public.

"We've been getting a lot of criticisms every now and then, and we need to change all of these. We need to improve the image of the AFP, and therefore we need to transform," Bautista said, as he also appealed to the public to support the AFP.

Colonel Marcos Norman Flores, chief of the Task Force Davao, in response to Bautista's order vowed to strengthen their campaign against anti-terrorism and double their efforts in implementing IPSP. 

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Ivy C. Tejano | SunStar.Com.Ph | April 26, 2012 | Article Link

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