The president instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to intensify boost its intelligence gathering efforts to quash communist insurgency in Northern Samar and nearby areas.
“The best way is intelligence. Magbuhos kayo ng intelligence. Then, pag nakuha niyo, it’s neutralization,” the President told the 803rd Infantry Brigade in Camp John Ponce Sumuroy.
The president reminded the military that individuals who join the New People’s Army and bear arms 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.
During his speech the president also lauded the relentless efforts of the military in maintaining law and order and in protecting the lives 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,” Pres. Duterte said.
The president promised to provide the troops with additional vehicles and funds for the infrastructure enhancement inside the camp.
“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,” he said.