AFP on alert as nation celebrates new year

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

MANILA, Dec. 30 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said that all its forces are on alert to ensure a safe and peaceful welcome for 2013.

"The AFP is one with the whole nation for a peaceful and safe celebration of the new year. While we strictly adhere to the provisions of the suspension of military offensive, our units will remain on guard and are maintaining a proactive defense posture to thwart any possible attempt to disrupt the peace and stability of our nation," said military spokesperson Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, Jr.

He said the soldiers would continue to be professional and accountable in handling their issued firearms during the new year celebrations.

"The soldiers are disciplined and are under strict orders to used their firearms only for the discharge of their official duties and functions. All unit commanders are responsible enough to ensure that such directive is adhered to by every military personnel under their commands," Burgos emphasized.

And even though majority of the AFP's troops and assets are still currently deployed in Mindanao undertaking relief and humanitarian operations, the military is still maintaining a high degree of operational readiness and mission effectiveness, he stated.

"Our intensified intelligence collection and monitoring efforts will be sustained. We will not let our guards down and will continue to be very vigilant and alert to ensure a safe and secure New Year revelry for our people," Burgos said. (PNA)



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