AFP prepares to augment PNP security for signing event

October 14, 2012 10:35 am 

MANILA, Oct. 13 — The military said it is more than willing to add additional security to ensure that Framework Agreement between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front would be violence-free.

That, if the National Police command would require any security assistance on Monday during the signing ceremony in Malacanang.

"The Armed Forces will always be ready to provide assistance and security augmentation to the Philippine National Police when requested," Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, Jr., the military spokesperson, said Saturday.

The framework, forged by the Philippine government and MILF peace panels at the 32nd exploratory peace talks in Kuala Lumpur last week, will be formally signed in Malacanang.

He added AFP units will continue current security operations and intelligence gathering and monitoring activities.

"We will remain vigilant and proactive in order to thwart any possible atrocities and violence that may be inflicted on our peace loving citizens by any threat group," Burgos pointed out.

He added the AFP looks forward to prospects of contributing to this process, partnering with each agency, non-government organizations, and the local community in ensuring a lasting peace and stable security in the region.

"We will continue with our current development programs by bridging stakeholders and communities as is the spirit of the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Program 'Bayanihan,'" the military spokesperson reiterated. (PNA)

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