AFP to assist quarantine-affected communities
Armed Forces of the Philippines to assist community quarantine projects
MANILA – General Cirilito Sobejana, the AFP Chief of Staff, today said the military establishment will assist citizens reeling from the impact of modified community quarantine.
Speaking at his first press briefing with the Defense Press Corps (DPC) and the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at midday today, General Sobejana said he has directed the AFP J7 (Civil Military Office) to assist communities in need.
“The AFP is strategically located across the country and even at the National Capital Region which is the epicenter of COVID-19, even in urban centers, we have the Joint Task Force – NCR,” he said. He added they are willing to help communities where people cannot go out to work to feed their families.
“We will go to areas where there are no community pantries and help,” he explained.
Asked about SOLCOM chief and National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ECLAC) spokesperson Lt. General Antonio Parlade’s remarks towards certain individuals behind the community pantry in Quezon City, General Sobejana said when the issue came out, he invited the area commander to the General Headquarters where he restated his guidance.
“I invited him to the AFP General Headquarters and reiterated my guidance to be very deliberate and exercise due diligence in his words and deed,” he said. He explained it does not matter whatever the community pantry’s name is because “what is importance is they are able to feed the people.
General Sobejana said there are people deprived of their chances of earning a living due to the existing quarantine conditions.
“We will identify these areas affected by the lockdown and we will deliver the necessary assistance where food requirements or whatever they would need,” General Sobejana concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)
AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana. (Screen grab from First Media Conference with Defense Press Corps (DPC) and Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) on Zoom/Melo M. Acuna)