AFP returns to offensive mode as SOMO ends


MANILA, Philippines — The leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ordered the resumption of the offensive military operations against the rebel group New Peoples Army (NPA).

According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the suspensions of military offensive (SOMO) declared by the executive department for the holiday season has been lifted on Tuesday.

With this, the military will resume its operations against the NPA.

“Effective January 2, at 6 p.m., the ceasefire has been lifted so we have already instructed our units to resume offensive military operations so this is nationwide, not only for Mindanao,” said Guerrero.

General Guerrero said that the AFP already reported to President Rodrigo Duterte the violations committed by the NPA during the ceasefire period.

It can be recalled the rebel group committed series of attacks.

Guerrero, however, noted that the president has yet to respond to their report.

“We have reported at least two but there were others in other places also at least four,” said the chief of staff.

In line with this, the general vowed that the military will prioritize efforts to suppress the insurgency in the country. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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