Statement of Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye: Troops deployment
Quezon City (1 April) -- The deployment of non-combatant military personnel has no other mandate but to conduct civic action programs such as medical and dental missions and minor infrastructure rehabilitation work.
President Arroyo and the media witnessed the positive response of the people to the presence of our civic action troops, and this should dispel once and for all the controversies being tied up with the deployment.
The compassionate soldier is part of the overall military modernization process, even as our fighting troops step up the manhunt for most wanted terrorists in the South.
Clearing the countryside and serving the people are part of a continuous mission of the military establishment. (OPS) [top]