Madrigal noted that the AFP has made significant contribution to our country’s peace effort in 2018 as it facilitated the end of conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
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AFP chief expects 2018 gains to boost military
Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) - January 1, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. expressed optimism yesterday that the country’s military, building on the gains of 2018, will do more in 2019 as protectors of the people and the state.

He said the AFP’s accomplishments would also improve hopes for an enduring peace and development for the country. 

“We have gone a long way treading the path of peace and we are optimistic that the New Year will bring us closer to our common aspirations as the AFP continues to reap more successes in the performance of its mandate to protect the people and secure the state,” he said in his New Year message yesterday.

“As we welcome the New Year, we expect all our soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and civilian human resources to be reinvigorated and more eager to continue the significant gains that we have achieved in the past year,’ he said. 

Madrigal noted that the AFP has made significant contribution to our country’s peace effort in 2018 as it facilitated the end of conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). 

“Moreover, our continuous focused military operations led to the countless surrender of communist rebels and supporters, the clearing of guerrilla fronts, as well as the arrest of top New People’s Army (NPA) leaders and personalities,” he said. 

“We hope that for their New Year’s resolution, more and more NPA members will heed the call to lay down their arms and join mainstream society in its nation-building efforts,” he added.

Madrigal claimed that 2018 has truly been a successful year for the AFP as “we fulfill our tasks within the national thrust towards just and lasting peace and development for the Philippines.” 

“As this year closes, the AFP will continue its resolve in serving the Filipino nation in achieving its mission of protecting the people and securing the state,” he said.

ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES BENJAMIN MADRIGAL JR.
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