By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday updated President Benigno S. Aquino III Friday on its modernization program and the Oplan Bayanihan or Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP).
In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, President Aquino lauded the AFP leadership for the IPSP implementation which has become a major tool against the insurgency problem of the country.
The President, however, did not face the Defense beat and Palace reporters due to unknown reasons. It was AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Sl Oban who spoke with the journalists.
Oban also said they had given President Aquino the guidelines of the IPSP, which is right on track in winning the peace and people’s hearts in the rural areas.
The IPSP strategy is winning the peace and not just crushing the enemy through education of out-of-school youth and adults, particularly those in the hinterlands where insurgency thrives.
The IPSP is being implemented by the AFP in partnership with stakeholders – the national and local government agencies, non-government entities and the entire citizenry in addressing peace and security concerns, particularly in containing threat groups. It will end in 2016.
President Aquino arrived aboard the Presidential Chopper Bell 412 in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City at 2:20 p.m. to preside in the command conference of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The meeting ended past 5 p.m.
The President’s chopper was escorted by a lone Huey UH-1H Philippine Air Force helicopter from Bocuae, Bulacan. A waiting sports utility vehicle (SUV) whisked him to the nearby AFP General Headquarters (GHQ) building. He was two hours late for the meeting with AFP officials.