“We call on our people to unite and stand behind our uniformed personnel, particularly our soldiers and policemen, amid the issues that arise from the Mamasapano encounter,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said in a statement.
“Let us remember the heroism, bravery, and sacrifices of our policemen and soldiers, who stand ready to lay down their lives to protect our communities, our families and friends, and our way of life,” the AFP public affairs head said. “It is during these tumultuous times that our security forces need your support, like you have supported us in our past losses in the line of our duties.”
Lt. Col. Cabunoc enumerated several incidents where the Filipino people showed support for country’s uniformed personnel: during the Al Barka incident in 2011 where 19 soldiers died, in Patikul, Sulu last 2013 where we lost 7 Marines and Zamboanga City siege in 2013 where 20 soldiers and 5 policemen lost their lives.
“Let us stand as one nation to support our security forces and avoid the calls for divisiveness. We call on our people to exercise sobriety and be objective and discerning in our quest to know the truth and pursue justice,” Cabunoc ended.