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President Duterte orders AFP to neutralize communist rebels

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CATARMAN, Northern Samar — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, October 2, instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines to intensify its intelligence gathering thrust to effectively neutralize communist insurgents, particularly in Northern Samar and nearby areas.

“The best way is intelligence. Magbuhos kayo ng intelligence. Then, pag nakuha niyo, it’s neutralization,” the President said during his remarks at Camp John Ponce Sumuroy, 803rd Infantry Brigade.

The Chief Executive reiterated that individuals who are joining the New People’s Army, bearing firearms, are automatically committing rebellion. “There is no crime prevention because the crime is being perpetrated 24 hours a day. So hindi mo kailangan magtanong pa kung may warrant-warrant diyan,” he said.

The President also lauded the brigade in their relentless efforts in maintaining law and order, as well as protecting the life and welfare of the Filipinos in the region.

“From January to September of this year, the 803rd Brigade conducted internal security operations, resulting in the apprehension and surrender of NPA members. Also noteworthy is their prompt and efficient disaster response in times of calamities,” the President noted.

To augment the operation of the 803rd Infantry Brigade, President Duterte promised to the troops that he would provide them additional transport vehicles and fund support for the enhancement of the roads inside the camp, the administration building, and the 8th ID Liaison Office building.

“I have your back. Just continue performing your duties well, and you can be assured that [as] we honor your courage and dedication, this administration will take care of you and your families by providing you with the necessary [social] and financial assistance.” ### PND