The AFP and PNP Joint Campaign Plan Kapanatagan 2018-2022 is an additional coordinating plan of the military and police in the name of “peace and order,” which is also a counter-insurgency approach.

This is in addition to Memorandum Order 32 and Executive Order No.70.

The “tokhang-style killings” are the dreaded pictures of the Memorandum Order 32.

The malicious red-tagging or vilification of legitimate legal progressive organizations, institutions and party-lists is the desperate effort of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to tear down the people’s movement in the Philippines through Executive Order No. 70.

These are instruments of the de facto martial law nationwide.

On January 10, 2019, AFP and PNP held a tri-agency conference attended by AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr and PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, respectively, presented the Joint campaign plan Kapanatagan, which will guide all joint peace, security, and law enforcement activities of the two agencies especially in its so called peaceful, orderly, and fair 2019 Midterm Elections in May.

The campaign plan Kapanatagan spans the remaining years in office of President Rodrigo Duterte.

According to the press statement released by PNP, the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee (JPSCC) was created “to further synergize our respective police and military strategies into a national campaign that will defeat all threat groups and criminal elements, ensure security and maintain public safety to contribute to socio-economic development of the Filipino nation.”

The AFP and PNP convened the JPSCC “to explore all available avenues for better coordination and cooperation in our operations on internal security, anti-criminality, and counter-terrorism under a joint security framework.”

JPSCC also identified common ground on security and peace an order challenges that our respective agencies are mandated to confront and address such as the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs); Local/Foreign Terrorist Groups (LTGs); Private Armed Groups (PAGs), Criminal Gangs (CGs) and Other Criminal Elements; and Peace Inclined Armed Groups (PIAGs).

The mandates of the campaign plan Kapanatagan were:

“The PNP shall support the AFP in combat operations involving the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security; and, the PNP shall take the lead role in law enforcement operations against Criminal Syndicates and Private Armed Groups with the active support of the AFP.”

In this Joint AFP and PNP campaign plan Kapanatagan 2018-2022, the “combat operations involving the suppression of insurgency” of the so-called enemies of the state.

Under MO 32, the military, police and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have been directed to “intensify local and transnational intelligence operations against individuals or groups suspected of, or responsible for, conspiring to commit acts of lawless violence in the Philippines.”

MO 32 reinforces Proclamation 55, which was signed by Duterte on September 4, 2016, to officially declare a state of emergency in the Philippines in response to the 2016, “declaring a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao and called out the AFP and PNP to suppress such activity and prevent its spread elsewhere in the country.”

In MO 32, Duterte “has also authorized intensified intelligence operations against persons or groups behind the acts of lawless violence as well as their prompt investigation and prosecution.”

The PNP and AFP might have mastered the methods of tokhang-style killings, planting of firearms and explosives as evidences and/or to be summary executed with alibis that they had fight back (nanlaban). The AFP and PNP must be reminded that EO 70, MO 32 and campaign plan Kapanatagan, even though these are instruments of deaths, Duterte regime’s instruments are still “respect and give due regard to the constitutional rights of persons.”

“No civil or political rights are suspended during the existence of a national state of emergency on account of lawless violence,” MO 32 stated.

The people should assert that the AFP and PNP must “observe existing rules and jurisprudence in instances that may justify the implementation of warrantless arrests, searches and seizures as well as ensure compliance of guidelines for police/military checkpoints and stop-and-frisk situations” as the order ironically stated.

The situation wrought about by MO 32 is being aggravated by another order.

In December 2018, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC), which is under the counter-insurgency of the Duterte regime, so-called “Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework.”

The EO 70 or ‘whole-of-nation approach’ counter-insurgency is the mobilization of government departments and agencies. Local government units were enjoined to give their full support and utmost cooperation to ensure the effective implementation of the order.

This EO 70 forced the AFP to peddled lies and invented “information” in attacking legitimate, legal and progressive organizations.

In his speech at the Milipol Asia-Pacific 2019 Conference in Singapore on Thursday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. disclosed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) “has already established an international network called the International Department consisting of 252 member-organizations based in 39 countries around the world.”

This AFP’s attack is to deny the Philippine people’s movement of international support.

The AFP is desperate to counter the programs of the legal and progressive organizations that are very effective in mobilizing people for self-governance and assertion of their rights. The AFP is mobilizing the local government units (LGUs) and national agencies (NAs) to gain the “local government empowerment.”

The AFP, however, forgets that in the LGUs and NAs offices, corruptions are rampant and cannot be corrected with “counter-insurgency” orientation, policy order and lakbay-aral.

Also, the people are still armed with human and constitutional rights.

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