Troops told to observe extra caution, be in defensive alert despite truce PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:39

Despite the declaration of similar Yuletide truce by the New People’s Army (NPA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang on Thursday said that the military will observe extra caution and be in defensive alert to avoid possible attacks by the rebels.

The military earlier declared a suspension of military operations starting midnight Dec. 18 to midnight Jan. 19 while the NPAs announced a truce date of Dec. 24, 25 and 26.

Catapang said that the caution and defensive alert ordered he issued is for the dates that the NPA truce is not effective.

And while not expecting any NPA attacks, the AFP chief stated that this is to ensure that the NPAs will not be able to creep on military patrol bases and launched surprise attacks.

“We should be prepared for any eventuality, we need to be proactive to ensure that our patrol bases and our camps are not attacked,” Catapang said.

As this develops, the AFP chief urged all troopers to be health conscious now that it is open season for holiday feasting.

“My command guidance for our troopers this holiday season is that they should be healthy and not to indulge too much lechon de leche (roasting suckling pig) as this could lead to the ingestion of too much cholesterol,” he added.