The military in Negros has resumed combat operations against the New People's Army, following the end of the holiday ceasefire unilaterally declared by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and communist rebels.
While they have not monitored any violation by the NPA in Negros. Col. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said they have noticed movements of armed NPA during the yuletide truce.
The AFP de clared a ceasefire from 6 p.m. of Dec. 23 to 11:59 p.m. of Dec. 26, and from 6 p.m. of Dec. 30 until 11:59 p.m. of Jan. 2, and the CPP-NPA observed the truce on the same dates.
Brig. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, newly-designated commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said he is targeting to defeat the NPA in Western and Central Visayas by the end of the year.
Dolina gave his marching order to all 3ID infantry units during his assumption of 3ID command Friday last week at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
He replaced Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, who retired from the military service Dec. 31 last year.
“Failure is not an option in the performance of our essential tasks of command and control coordination, intelligence, CMO (Civil Military Operations), logistics, and administration.” Dolina said.
By doing this, Dolina said, he needs the cooperation of every 3ID personnel, with assistance communities, local government officials and other stakeholders in the peace and development campaign. * GPB
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