New way to fight

December 12, 2018

It cannot be the same old way of doing things in the military.

Indeed our Armed Forces chief of staff cannot afford to use the same weapons and tactics and expect different outcome in the battlefield.

As the enemies of the State adopt new ways to fight and try to bring down the government and establish a Marxist regime in the country, so must State security forces stay so many steps ahead.

This is the only way to ensure final and total victory in the war against insurgency.

President Duterte on Tuesday ordered new AFP chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, to be ready to take on a new approach to ending local communist armed conflict in the country.

The President made this remark during Madrigal’s assumption of command ceremony, which coincided with the AFP’s 83rd anniversary at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Madrigal replaced retired Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., who was named new chief of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

“General Madrigal, you are now tasked with the responsibility of preserving peace and ensuring order as we shift to this new approach,” Duterte said in his speech.

“Sustain the progress of those who came before you and create a legacy that will cause ripples (of) positive change in the years to come,” he added.

The “new approach” Duterte was referring to is stipulated under Executive Order No. 70, signed last Dec. 4, which creates a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

The task force is expected to formulate a National Peace Framework, anchored on a Whole-of-Nation approach, which would serve as a mechanism for local peace engagements or negotiations and interventions within six months.

Duterte described the Whole-of-Nation approach as a “civilian-led approach” that will prioritize the delivery of basic services and social development packages by both government and private sector.

“From the military-centric approach that gave us our recent successes against the communist movement, we now shift to a new civilian-led approach that will tap other government agencies and the private sector in bringing basic services and other development interventions that will address the root cause of the communist movement,” Duterte said.

The President expressed hope that the new AFP chief will continue the programs started by Galvez to achieve lasting peace and asked AFP personnel to support him.