By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY– The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) yesterday said the civil government is playing a vital role in building peace and development in the country site.
AFP-WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the Armed Forces “only contributed 30 percent to the solution of the problem, while the rest comes from our counterpart in the civil government.”
Sobejana said: “We believe that there can be no security without inclusive development and there be no inclusive development without governance.”
“Security is everybody’s responsibility,” Sobejana emphasized to reporters attending a get-together dinner Thursday night at the officers club of AFP-WestMinCom in this city
Sobejana claimed that the military won several battles in the field since he assumed as AFP-WestMinCom commander but “the biggest war or battles now is (against) poverty.”
“We soldiers kill terrorist and you (reporters) kill terrorism,” he said.
Sobejana said information was a “warfare in changing the advent of technology and the calibration of the enemy’s capability.”
WestMinCom considers information as a powerful tool in empowering the public to join the campaign against insurgency and terrorism in our area of operation.
“We really have to involved the public because this war is a propaganda war, we do not just defeat the enemy by reducing its number,” he said.