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AFP beefs up defense, security measures vs Reds

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By Mike U. Crismundo

Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – Combat maneuvering troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday intensified their defense and security measures in an objective to thwart any possible attacks and other harassments by the New People’s Army (NPA) in line with the latter’s 49th anniversary next week.

The occasion is usually marked by NPA attacks against government soldiers and vulnerable communities, especially those in far-flung and remote government police and Army installations.

“Our field unit commanders in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) and northern Mindanao (Region 10) are intensifying efforts to thwart possible attacks and atrocities by the NPA in line with their upcoming anniversary on March 29, 2018,” said regional Army spokesman Lt. Tere Ignete.

Hostilities include raids, ambuscades, and sabotage against government troops on public establishments and vital installations where innocent civilians are severely affected, she said.

“These attacks against our government soldiers and innocent civilians are terroristic in nature and reflect their true color as a criminal and terrorist organization,” Ignete said.

Military units will continue to be on a proactive stance against all threats of violence and would exert every effort to preserve the peace in every locality, she said.

Lt. Ignete said all combat maneuvering battalions of the 401st Infantry Brigade in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur provinces, the 402nd Infantry Brigade in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte and 403rd Infantry Brigade in Bukidnon and Misamis provinces and other operational control (Opcon) units under the administrative and operational control of the 4th ID, are directed to implement offensive, defense, and security measures in their respective areas of responsibility (AORs).

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