Despite the unprovoked attack in Kapalong town, Davao Del Norte which killed a militiaman and wounded four others Wednesday, the Armed Forces remains committed to upholding the peace proposal with the New People’s Army being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Your AFP will remain faithful to its commitment to support and uphold the call for peace of President Duterte,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.
The ambush took place 6:45 a.m. as a group of militiamen, under the supervision of the 60th Infantry Battalion, were passing Sitio Kamunoan on the way to their base in Sitio Pasil, Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong.
The attack was conducted by suspected NPA rebels belonging to Guerilla Front 34, Southern Mindanao Regional Comittee, Arevalo added.
“This is an unfortunate incident at the time that the Government has declared a unilateral ceasefire and the AFP has declared a suspension-of-military-offensive (SOMO) (against the rebels),” he said.
But he said the military would like to believe the Davao Del Norte ambush is an isolated incident.
“We reiterate the guidance of the AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya to our troops to remain vigilant and defensive against any atrocious acts of some misguided elements who has not yet embraced peace,” he said.
“We hope that the death of our personnel be taken to be a manifestation of our sincerity to the quest for peace even as we are hopeful that the CPP-NPA-NDF will declare their own SOMO soon,” Arevalo added.
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