“The key to defeating the insurgency rests on Eastern Mindanao units. We defeat it here, we defeat it nationwide,” Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lieutenant General Aurelio Baladad said during EASTMINCOM’s New Year’s Call, January 13.
“Although the CPP-NPA remains as a continuing challenge as we force them to abandon the armed struggle, as long as we sustain and are focused on the implementation of our campaign, we will be victorious. These are the challenges brought on by the New Year,” the Armed Forces of the Philippines officer added.
AFP-EASTMINCOM covers the Davao region, Caraga, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato and General Santos City. About 2,000 New People’s Army members strength of or half of the entire Communist Party of the Philippines’s armed group are lingering in the territory.
The AFP is serious in ending the insurgency within this year through its Internal Peace and Security Plan: Bayanihan to be able to focus on territorial defense.