Purely mil­i­tary so­lu­tion vs Reds re­jected

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De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said yes­ter­day that they have no plans to em­ploy a purely mil­i­tary so­lu­tion in end­ing com­mu­nist in­sur­gency in the coun­try de­spite the bog­ging down of the peace talks marked by harsh ex­changes be­tween Pres­i­dent Duterte and Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines founder Jose Maria Si­son.

This is the rea­son, ac­cord­ing to Loren­zana, why they have been ag­gres­sively push­ing for the lo­cal­ized peace talks since the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines have stalled last year.

“Work­ing closely with lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, we are ac­tively pur­su­ing lo­cal peace ini­tia­tives such lo­cal­ized peace talks, com­mu­nity sup­port and de­vel­op­ment, and pro­mo­tion of good gov­er­nance, as well as the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the En­hanced Com­pre­hen­sive Lo­cal In­te­gra­tion Pro­grams or E-CLIP which helps for­mer rebels start their lives anew by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial, liveli­hood, and ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance, psy­choso­cial sup­port, and hous­ing,” said Loren­zana.

The De­fense chief said even Duterte is not in fa­vor of us­ing the gov­ern­ment force alone to end com­mu­nist in­sur­gency, the most re­cent pro­nounce­ment of which was the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive say­ing that he does not want to bomb rebel camps.

“The De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense fully sup­ports the Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion not to em­ploy a purely mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to end­ing the com­mu­nist in­sur­gency in the coun­try,” said Loren­zana. (Aaron Re­cuenco)

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