AFP chief Gen. Ricardo David courts Church

THE chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines met with officials of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to discuss possible areas of cooperation between the military and Catholic Church’s establishments.

AFP chief Gen. Ricardo David and the CBCP Permanent Council led by its President and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar allegedly explored common areas of concern to foster closer working relations between the military and Catholic hierarchy.

“We are now crafting our new security program and we would like to consult with all possible stakeholders, including the Catholic church,” General David said.

He said while insurgency in the country has hit its lowest ebb this time, David said the AFP will do its best to stamp out the problem within the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino III.

In a separate interview, AFP-Civil Relations Service chief and AFP Spokesman Brig. General Jose Z. Mabanta Jr. said the military will soon turn over to the police and local chief executives the responsibility of putting an end to the insurgency problem.

He said the AFP would also be open to any inquiry that the government may institute on the rash of extra-judicial killings which have been reported over the past few years in various parts of the country.  CBCP News

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