Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Andres Centino emphasized the need for the military to sustain the successes it has made against the country’s security threats.

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“I extend my congratulations to all of you for what we have accomplished for the past months. We are doing well in our campaign. I have seen significant improvement in our organization as we continue to pursue excellence and professionalism within our ranks. We just have to sustain our successes,” he said in a statement Sunday after making his first command conference on Saturday.

Centino’s meeting with ranking AFP commanders and principal staff officers took place at the Commissioned Officers’ Country at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

He also lauded the field commanders for the series of battle victories and successful efforts against the domestic armed groups particularly the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorists (CNTs) and other local terrorist groups (LTGs).

Centino highlighted the most recent military operations that resulted in the death of Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group (DIHG) leader Salahuddin Hassan on Oct. 29 and the NPA’s National Operational Command leader Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos on Oct. 30.

During the meeting, Centino reminded military leaders about President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to end all local armed conflicts within his term.

He said Executive Order (EO) 70, which mandates a multi-dimensional, whole-of-nation approach to address the local communist insurgency, has helped the military focus on its core function of protecting the people from the terrorists.

With EO 70, the local government units (LGUs) and other agencies of the government had taken over the non-military socio-economic aspects of counter-insurgency efforts, which the military had also been undertaking under previous administrations.

“The enemies of the state are losing support, as we have brought back the trust and confidence of the people to the government. EO 70 primed us and the entire government system to finish this social ill once and for all. Within the remaining seven months of our peace and security campaign, we have to further increase our tempo to make sure that we will accomplish the task given by the President,” he said.

During the conference, Centino mentioned four priority thrusts; Operational Efficiency, Optimal Use of Resources, Advancing Professionalism, and Meritocracy and Capability Development.

On operational efficiency, he emphasized tri-service interoperability to achieve the desired operational tempo.

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