President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. urged the National Security Council (NSC) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) on Friday to continue to protect the country against “national security threats,” which now include cyber attacks and climate change.
The military has tripled its deployment and presence in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) this year as it sustained its steady shift to external defense operations (ESO) from internal security operations (ISO) amid the continued decline of the communist-led insurgency.
The newly installed commander of
the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (ID) bared he will be pushing for the
combination of “right hand” and “left hand” approaches in dealing with the New
People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Tagalog.