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The Armed Forces of the Philippines categorically denies the militarization of Lumad communities in Mindanao and the alleged attacks on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IP) camping in the University of the Philippines. These allegations by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate follows the same rethoric they had in 2015 and covers up the exploitation of the Lumad by left-leaning groups.
We have already unmasked this deliberate and orchestrated efforts by left-leaning organizations and the New People’s Army who encroach in IP communities. Dubbed as “Taktikang Bakwit,” left-leaning organizations, including that of Zarate’s, distort the facts and circumstances in which the Lumad are forced to evacuate their homes, blaming instead the government’s legitimate peace and security operations.
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AFP HAS NEW APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomes Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio, D.D., Apostolic Administrator of Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, as appointed by Pope Francis. BGen Henrico Rennaldo Macalalad AFP, Chief Dental Service AFP led the arrival honors to the new apostolic administrator in a Canonical Assumption of Office Ceremony here at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City last Monday, 14 August 2017.
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NEW CHIEF FOR WESCOM INSTALLED. Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario formally relinquished the leadership of the Western Command (WESCOM) to Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. in a change of command and retirement ceremony that was presided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año at Camp General Artemio Ricarte in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on 11 August 2017.