The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday formally made public its new internal peace and security plan.
AFP chief Gen. Ricardo David presented the security plan “Bayanihan” to President Benigno S. Aquino III, the military’s commander-in-chief, who graced the celebration of the AFP’s 75th foundation anniversary at the military’s general headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
In his speech, David sought the support of the Filipino people in the enforcement of the Bayanihan, which will replace the Operation Plan “Bantay Laya II” implemented during the previous administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“Perhaps, this could be one of the most daring challenges to be undertaken by the institution as it involves a change in our way of thinking, a change of mindset. We shall embark on a paradigm shift,” said David.
Unlike Bantay Laya II, Bayanihan will be heavy on civil military operations works. Also, the new security plan will be giving utmost primacy to respect for human rights and international humanitarian law and the government’s efforts to reach peace with the threat groups.