DAVAO CITY - Incoming Armed Forces chief of staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. on Thursday vowed to elevate his fight against insurgency on a national level.
Madrigal has been keen on "solving insurgency" and instilling a "culture of professionalism" in the Armed Forces since he was assigned to head the Eastern Mindanao Command in November 2017.
"Sana yung ginawa natin dito sa Eastern Mindanao, mai-translate din natin sa ibang areas. 'Yung best practices natin dito, mai-transfer din sa iba," Madrigal told reporters.
(I hope our achievements and best practices here in Eastern Mindanao can be translated, transferred to other areas.)
Madrigal said he would coordinate with commanders and stakeholders to solve the problem of insurgency in other parts of the country.
"Kasi kung matatandaan ninyo, nagsimula talaga ang pag-snowball ng mga surrenders, nung pinangunahan ng ating Pangulo na kausapin ang mga former rebels," he said.
(If you can recall, the number of surrenders snowballed after the President reached out to former rebels.)
Madrigal will replace AFP chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr., who will retire on December 12.
- with a report from Chrislen Bulosan, ABS-CBN News