BGen. Maurito Licudine, commander of 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army underlined the role of the media as an advocate of peace and in disseminating vital information to the general public. He further asked the media partners in Caraga to continue to support the government's effort towards inclusive peace and development, particularly the implementation of Executive Order 70 or the whole of nation approach to end the local communist armed conflict.

Col. Cerilo Balaoro, Jr., deputy commander of 402nd Brigade, bared that in the implementation of EO70, the Philippine Army continuously engage with different sectors in the community towards achieving sustainable peace and development by providing them the necessary basic social services from various government agencies. This, he said is one way of bringing the government closer to the people.

"Definitely yes" was the response of Col. Allan D. Hambala, 401st Brigade Commander to the question posed by Manila Bulletin's Mike Crismundo on whether or not the government is winning the war against insurgency. Furthermore, the leaders of the respective military and police units share one point of view on the current status of the implementation of the EO 70, which remains successful insofar as effectiveness is concerned.

LTC Isagani O. Criste, CO of 29IB reassures the public that there is an actual improvement in the awareness campaign targeting the indigenous peoples (IPs) due to the cooperation and support of all IP Mandatory Representatives in the region. In addition, the government continues to prove to the said community that they are for the Filipino people and not an accomplice of terrorism by continuously addressing the needs of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) such as constructing farm-to-market roads and providing means to maximize their livelihood through various projects.


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