MANILA – THE POLICE and military signed on Wednesday a joint directive aimed at cooperative efforts to quell threats of terrorism and communist insurgency in the country. The signing adopts efforts of both enforcement organizations on maintaining peace and security and upholding civil, political and human rights, under the rule of law.
The joint letter or Guidelines in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Internal Security Operations in Support to the National Thrust to End Local Communist Armed Conflict was signed at the National Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) meeting at Camp Crame by Philippine National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay.
Cascolan said the meeting sought to strengthen the rapport between the PNP and AFP, as he expressed support to the AFP in its fight against communist insurgency and terrorism.
Gapay: Reds ‘on the decline’
“All figures are on the decline. In fact, many of them have surrendered. For this year alone, there are more than 1,000 communist terrorists who have surrendered with almost 800 firearms from the side of the CPP-NPA and many are still sending surrender feelers,” Gapay said.
With these surrenders, Gapay said the NPA, armed component of the CPP, has “significantly degraded” giving the AFP time to focus on the non-military problems of the communist insurgency. The AFP chief was referring to poverty and injustice used by the communist terrorists in furthering their propaganda and recruiting new members, especially among the indigenous people’s communities.
Resolving poverty and injustice requires a whole-of-nation approach and one of the ways of accelerating the solutions to these problems is through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC). Gapay said the establishment of the NTF ELCAC, through Executive Order 70 in 2018, is really designed to address the root causes of insurgency. Read more …
“While we must perform our primary responsibility to serve and protect our people, it is our duty to give our best to help the AFP in defending our country through giving the best assistance and support to your troops especially in the areas of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” he said.
Aside from anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism efforts, Cascolan said the directive is aligned with the continuous campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms, and campaign against criminal gangs, and drug suspects and peddlers.
In 2017, the PNP and AFP signed a joint resolution on the creation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action during the 20th National JPSCC Meeting. The accord has established stronger collaboration of ongoing and future efforts of the national government in addressing threat groups and insurgency. (with Priam Nepomuceno/PNA) (IA/DS)
Featured photo: Two chiefs inked agreement towards peace, order, and security. Gen. Gilbert Gapay (AFP chief-of-staff) and Gen. Camilo Cascolan (PNP) top two officers of the country’s law enforcement organizations show off their signed commitment in maintaining peace, order, and security. Photo from the PNP’s Twitter account