“We should be prepared for any eventuality, we need to be proactive to ensure that our patrol bases and our camps are not attacked,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang said.
Catapang noted that though the New People’s Army also declared a Yuletide truce the military should be cautious and be in defensive alert for possible attacks from rebels.
The AFP chief also advised his men not to eat too much lechon. “My command guidance for our troopers this holiday season is that they should be healthy and not to indulge too much lechon de leche as this could lead to the ingestion of too much cholesterol.”
Though their is a suspension for offensive operations against the NPA rebels, defensive operations which include securing of vital installations and infrastructure projects will continue.