Westmincom vows to defeat rebels, terrorists in New Year’s call
By Teofilo Garcia, Jr/PNA
ZAMBOANGA CITY — Government troops should remain steadfast and dedicated in their tasks, especially in defeating threat groups in Southern Philippines.
Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, chief of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), issued the challenge to military commanders during the traditional New Year’s call held at the Eisenhower Hall at the Westmincom Mansion House in Camp Navarro, this city on Friday.
“Let us stand steadfast amidst the challenges that come our way during our journey. I encourage everyone to go that extra mile to achieve new heights in our life as soldiers and citizens of the Philippines who are working for peace in this part of the country,” dela Vega told the military commanders and heads of law enforcement agencies during the ceremony.
More than a hundred military officials, non-commissioned officers, and civilian personnel joined dela Vega in welcoming 2019 with “hope and more determination” during the traditional New Year’s Call.
Westmincom officials led the troops as they renewed their commitment and loyalty to the AFP and to its civilian leadership during the traditional call.
Dela Vega lauded the efforts of the troops and expressed his gratitude to Westmincom personnel “for their unflinching determination and resolve that helped the command achieve massive feats, notwithstanding the threats that it confronts in the joint area of operations.”
“We will prioritize the attainment of the breaking point of the communist terrorist groups and their consequent collapse and the decisive defeat of the terrorist groups-the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and other foreign and local terrorists,” he said.
He also called on Westmincom personnel to continue working with the stakeholders by “utilizing the combined strategic convergence — the AFP’s ‘population-centric’ strategy,” an inclusive measure to defeat threats by means of collective participation.
The Westmincom chief also pledged to continue uplifting the morale and welfare of the troops and the civilian workforce by improving existing tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Attending the traditional New Year’s call were the commanders of Westmincom’s Joint Task Forces, including Major Gen. Roseller Murillo, Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo Jr., Col. Leonel Nicolas, Col. Camilo Balutan, and Col. Fernando Reyeg.
Also present were Rear Adm. Rene Medina of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao; Brig. Gen. Cresenciano Marquez III of the Tactical Operations Wing; Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup of Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula); Capt. Joseph Coyme of the Coast Guard Southwestern Mindanao District; and Senior Supt. Sydney Besana of the Bureau of Fire Protection 9.