By Ruel Saldico
Pili, Camarines Sur — The newly installed general to head the Philippine Army in the Bicol Region said yesterday he is advocating peace with – not war against – the New People’s Army (NPA).
Major General Jesus A. Manangquil Jr. said he is set on meeting with local chief executives and other stakeholders in the region to make a united call on rebel groups scattered across Bicol to return to the fold of the law.
He said peace and tranquility in the community should prevail and that the help and support of all Bicolanos, including those who have gone astray, are needed in order to attain further progress in the region.
Manangquil took over from Brig. Gen. Danilo Chad D. Isleta in a simple ceremony last Friday at Camp Elias Angeles – the headquarters of the army’s 9th Infantry “Spear” Division in this town. Isleta is the new Philippine Army chief.
Prior to his assignment in Bicol, Manangquil was the commander of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region.
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