NSFA, Panacan, Davao City- The AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command and PNP’s Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) signed a Joint Standing Operating Procedure Number 1 (JSOP No.1) on Condition Situation Response System around 2:00 p.m., at Headquarters EASTMINCOM in Panacan, Davao City July 11.
The JSOP prescribes certain minimum actions or responses pertaining to the counter-insurgency campaign by the PNP and AFP operating forces working under the Area Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Eastern Mindanao (Area JPSCC-EM) within the territorial boundaries of Regions 10, 11, 12 and 13 in accordance with the established Condition Situation Response System (CSRS).
AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III and DIPO Eastern Mindanao Police Director Angelito N Pacia (Co-Chairmen) signed the JSOP. P/Director Pacia was represented by PRO 11 Regional Director Chief Supt Wendy del Rosario. Area commanders led by the Army’s 4th and 10th Infantry Division with the PNP counterparts and representative from the AFP General Headquarters Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo witnessed the event.
Gen. Cruz said that the CPP/NPA commits terror acts or atrocities not only against PNP/AFP but civilian targets. “NPA attacks are usually against those who refuse to give in to their extortion demands, like business companies involved in mining, transport, plantations and even against poor and low income individuals and families in the countryside”.
Chief Supt del Rosario said that the peace and order situation in Eastern Mindanao is greatly affected by the violent acts of the CPP/NPA which is considered to be the most potent security threat. “Their boldness in committing criminal violent acts against their chosen targets denotes that it remains a major security threat which poses a very serious challenge to the government in general and the AFP/PNP in particular”.
Atrocities made by the CPP/NPA includes armed attack on government installations, ambuscades, harassment, abductions/kidnapping, IED explosions, arson, murder and other acts of terror are directed against the AFP/PNP and civilians.
(Press release and photos from PIO, EASTMINCOM)