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AFP deploys thousands of soldiers to Mindanao

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The AFP chief has vowed to crush terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf, Maute Group etcetera, within six months. You can't build lots of new infrastructure like bridges, hospitals etcetera, in six months. So it's quite obvious to anybody with common sense and intellectual honesty that the AFP chief is speaking of a MILITARY solution to the problem.

 

Watch the video I posted above - What infrastructure are they planning to build with those artillery cannons they're firing?

 

No mention of "building infrastructure" in this Philippine news article - just vows to "crush" terror groups militarily:

 

Just wanted to follow up on this post since there is an article that just came out today that goes into additional details about the AFP new strategy. 

 

AFP: Massive ops vs. terrorist groups ‘focused, intelligence-driven’

 

January 12, 2017 1:04pm

 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday doused fears that its massive operations against terrorist groups in Mindanao will only further affect civilians, saying the operations will be intelligence-driven and targeted only at the rebels.

 

"Ito ay focused military operation. Hindi ito 'yung 'no man's land' na maghuhulog ka lang ng kanyon, magpapaputok ka lang ng bomba just anywhere. Ito ay focused operation, intelligence driven," said Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the AFP public affairs office, in a News To Go interview.

 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recruitment of additional 10,000 personnel to counter terrorist groups.

 

This, as the AFP intends to defeat local terrorist groups, including the Abu Sayyaf, Maute Group and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, within the next six months.

 

But Arevalo, in the interview, clarified that massive operations do not necessarily equate to massive violence.

 

"When we say massive, we only mean we are going to employ assets of the Armed Forces. We have the air assets, the naval assets and we have the Army," Arevalo said.

 

"Intelligence is very important. When we say focused, we mean surgical. Kumbaga sa tao, kung mag-oopera tayo, kung ang may diperensya lang ay puso, sa puso lang tayo naka-focus, hindi natin gagalawin 'yung buong katawan," he added.

 

Arevalo, however, could not promise that civilians will not be displaced from their homes. When this happens, he said they will coordinate with local government officials to attend to the needs of displaced civilians.

 

"It may necessarily entail displacement ng tao. But even then, factored pa rin 'yan. Kasama sa planning considerations natin 'yan. That's why we need and [are] exhorting support from local government upang kanila namang kalingain at tignan 'yung mga madi-displace,” he said.

 

More than the combat approach, the AFP is also looking into a “non-lethal and non-combat” take to drive away terrorist groups.

 

“It may necessarily entail displacement ng tao. But even then, factored pa rin 'yan. Kasama sa planning considerations natin 'yan. That's why we need and [are] exhorting support from local government upang kanila namang kalingain at tignan 'yung mga madi-displace” Arevalo said.

 

The AFP on Friday unveiled Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan or Oplan Kapayapaan.

 

The campaign plan, which replaced Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan, would “highlight and enhance the new and renewed role of the AFP towards nation building, especially in relation to the direction” set by Duterte, Arevalo said in an earlier interview.

 

- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/595514/news/nation/afp-massive-ops-vs-terrorist-groups-focused-intelligence-driven#sthash.R2lykJMw.dpuf

 

The focus will be on nation building while they will still maintain military operations to eradicate the terror groups. But rather than launch all out assaults on these groups, they will gather intelligence and  target the terrorists individually. There have been two examples of how this new strategy is being put into effect in the past week or so. 

 

Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines leader killed in Sarangani

 

Train said that around 1 a.m., the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Sarangani Provincial Intelligence Branch, 3RD COY Regional Public Safety Batallion 12, Sarangani Provincial Public Safety Company, Regional Intelligence Division 12, and Kiamba Municipal Police Station conducted an operation at Angel Beach Resort in Brgy Kitagas, Kiamba, Sarangani Province.

 

Aside from the neutralization of Maguid, the operation resulted in the arrest of Maguid's three cohorts – Matahata Dialawe Arboleda, Ismael Sahak alias Mael, and Morhaban Veloso @ Bugoy. They allegedly served as the bodyguards or security aides of Tokboy at the time they were arrested, police said.

 

 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/594704/news/regions/ansar-al-khilafah-philippines-leader-killed-in-sarangani#sthash.IeNUnuba.dpuf

 

Maguid was killed during a shootout on Thursday with operatives from the Police Regional Office in Region 12 (PRO 12) and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) agents. The encounter happened at a beach resort in the town of Kiamba in Sarangani. 

 

http://www.ibtimes.ph/sudanese-jihadist-abu-naila-philippines-training-syria-5618

 

 

As can be seen in both operations, the government is working with local and regional organizations in a more coordinated effort to try and single out members of the groups and their locations in order to arrest them or take them out if they resist. The aim is to reduce large combat operations in an attempt to keep the collateral damage at a minimum. This approach along with infrastructure improvements and community development projects will allow locals will see the government more as an ally rather than an occupying force. The military being seen as an occupying force has been a problem in the past and this is one of the reasons why many locals have not cooperated with the government. 

 

There will still be larger combat missions from time to time that may lead to displacements or even civilian casualties as was seen in Butig just last month, that can't be avoided, but the overall idea behind this new strategy is to prevent situations like that, and countless others in the past, from occurring.

 

This quote from the latest article sums things up well: 

 

"Kumbaga sa tao, kung mag-oopera tayo, kung ang may diperensya lang ay puso, sa puso lang tayo naka-focus, hindi natin gagalawin 'yung buong katawan,"

 

It basically says that if there is disease in the heart, you focus only on the heart, you do not have to involve the whole body to treat the disease. In other words, the problem in Mindanao is with the individual terrorists, not the villages, the region, or the people that live there, so the military's  focus will be on the individual problem rather than the entire community, and by doing this the entire community will benefit. 

 

Will this new strategy work? Only time will tell, but we know for certain that the old way hasn't.

Edited by Tullioz
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