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AFP always evaluates troop missions

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) constantly conducts “operational needs inspection” to determine if its troops on the ground are accomplishing their missions, even prior to the issuance of Memorandum Order No. 32, said AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

“You know, even before the issuance of MO 32, the AFP conducts what we call operational needs inspection, if I may call it that way, where we assess how we are faring with respect to our mission and our timetable. How we have accomplished it based on the situation on the operation, on the ground,” Arevalo explained.

This procedure enables the military to make necessary adjustments in terms of troop deployments if needed, he said.

He added that such procedure is essential in preventing the spread of lawless violence in other parts of the country.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said MO 32 will allow the deployment of strike forces against rebel groups operating in the provinces of Samar, Negros Oriental and Occidental as well as Bicol region.

Lorenzana defended the order saying the New People’s Army forces in those areas are still quite formidable.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued MO 32 on Nov. 22 amid “sporadic acts: of violence” allegedly committed by lawless groups particularly in the provinces of Samar, Negros Oriental and Occidental, and Bicol region.

“There is a need to reinforce the directive of the President in order to prevent further loss of innocent lives and destruction of property and bring the whole country back to a state of complete normalcy as quick as possible,” the MO read.#