Paramilitary force out in 4 years, says Army commanding general

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The Philippine Army will disband its paramilitary force in four years, when the military foresees the significant weakening of  the armed insurgencies.

“In the future as we downsize the armed forces, the first to go will be the paramilitary forces,” said Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, the Army commanding general.

“We cannot forever be having paramilitary forces in the future. When the situation improves… when our campaign plan is finished, there will be no need for paramilitary forces,” he said.

The goal is to let go of more than 50,000 Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) and Special Citizens Active Auxiliaries (SCAA) troops once the military has transitioned to external defense by 2016, Bautista said.

But for now, the Army still has to rely on Cafgu units since there are not enough ground troops to cover remote areas, he said.

“We cannot expand our regular force due to budgetary constraints… (But) we see the militias being disbanded. That is the future we envision,” Bautista told a forum at Ateneo de Manila University Wednesday.

Dismantling of Cafgu units

He said their target is to dismantle Cafgu units “within the time frame of the Bayanihan,” referring to the AFP’s counterinsurgency strategy under the Aquino administration until 2016.

The AFP under the Aquino administration has shifted from the traditional mainly combat approach to defeating insurgencies implemented by Oplan Bantay Laya under the previous Arroyo administration.

Under Bayanihan, the AFP recognizes the equal importance of a noncombat approach and is focusing on involving other stakeholders and upholding human rights and peace talks to end the armed conflict.

The AFP hopes the new strategy will substantially reduce the armed threat from the communist New People’s Army and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) so the military can concentrate on dealing with external threats and leave internal security to the police and local government units.

Win peace

“The objective of Bayanihan is to win the peace. We would have achieved the peace when Bayanihan is finished. Therefore there will be no need anymore for the deployment of Cafgus and even our regular forces for internal security,” he said.

Bautista placed the number of Cafgu troops at between 50,000 and 60,000. Cafgu members receive a P90 daily allowance for part-time duty.

As for the reported abuses committed by Cafgu troops, Bautista admitted that “the level of discipline is very different” between paramilitary troops and regular Army soldiers.

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  • mike

    kung ganyan ang plano ng gobyerno umpisahan na ang NATIONAL ID SYSTEM. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TV7UX6Z5F4W3QJNODUMA6UTB2U Pinoydin

      Hwag, kasi mabubuko yung kapit bahay ko ay isang mamamatay tao…. tsk..tsk…tsk…

  • daniboy2012

    Ask Joma to come back in the Philippines this new strategy will work on the  NPA and as for the MILF and other Muslim rebels  keep talking/negotiating,  one step at a time and as long the gov’t   understand and respect Islam… that elusive peace will come. Insha’Allah.

  • Mamang Pulis

    and we have 50,000 potential powder kegs ready to explode….

    and we have 50,000 potential insurgents, that will grow exponentially because of family ties–CAFGU father, son, daugther, apo, pamangkin

    and we have 50,000 loose firearms in the black market….

    tara dito sa PIKIT, North Cotabato—tignan nyo mabuti

    7IB is ten kms from 103rd MILF Camp Rajamudah

    in between are the armed citizens, cafgus, LGU’s with their RR90 and mortars

    • roda72

      Taking best example of Afghan mujahidens after the Soviet- Afghan War.. They scattered all over the globe taking with them their experience and skill in the art of guerilla fighting that even the most powerful nations in the world together couldn’t defeat.  There will be thousands of unemployed paramilitary that would readily available for service  to criminals, politicians, other bad elements to employ. 

      • daniboy2012

        uuuuuh thats scary!

  • nti_boohaya

    CAFGU’s, CAA’s or whatever you call them often serve as body guards of local politicians, especially during election time.  In my little corner of the country, NPA’s, CAFGU’s, militiamen, goons, criminals, etc. are indistinguishable from each other.  They are armed to the teeth, sport the same garb and arrogance because they are behind the barrel of the gun, not the receiving end.  They are often the “authority”.  Ironically, there is peace in our community, although very tense.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Q3XWEJEB2WSQOS6G3QYBYQY6E MICHAEL

    Lt. gen. Emmanuel Bautista  will likely retiring within four years. batay sa kanyang prediksyon sa insurhensya. Tila naging Tradisyon ng mga high ranking official na magpapogi  bago sila magretire na hindi isini-alang alang ang katotohanan basta’t maka iskor man lang. Bahala ang susunod na official na gagawa ng kanyang gimmick.

    • daniboy2012

      Parang tama ka Michael….mmm bakit kaya ganyan ang mga general sa AFP?..Pero teka baka iba itong si Emmy…kasi kapangalan ni pacman..say mo.

  • $18209031

    Wala namang problema  sa CAFGU under namin. Kaso lang kung nag inuman nag pasikat ng husto. Pina disarm namn mga yan.

    • daniboy2012

      AFP baka naman walang laman ang mga tyan bago tomoma…o baka kulang sa pulutan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZEI6SHG7MUONC75TPXZRCMQIII Dominic

    Defeat the enemies first before saying things like these. 

    • daniboy2012

      You mean the NPA’s and the Muslim rebels…..Domi, they are our misguided brothers..only sincere dialogue can end this senseless rebellion….AFP don’t even have the will or plan  to pursue an all out war or end it..some even benefits from it. I have a gut feeling its becoming an evil business for  some of our  crook leaders.

  • Nagagalitna

    So ano naman ang plano mo General after matanggal ang 50,000 na cafgu? Basta nalang ba iwan after maitaya ang buhay to help our armed forces or meron din kayo plan sa kabuhayan nila after?
    If yes salamat, If no, now pa lang mag recruit na kayo ng 50,000 din na regular army soldier para mag start na training to figth this Cafgu later on.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ATXQMVQWCIUQK6OFJRYPZ4A2EA Setsuna

    This is good, a smaller armed force with the annually increasing defense budget means we will have a medium sized but very well armed  AFP in the future. The money can be used to buy modern equipment instead of salaries. This is the case with Australia, they have a smaller armed forces than the Phil. but with far better equipment

  • palaigit

    i think the military should not focus on that but rather the private armies of the local politicians. not to mention and no offense, the muslim politicians, its like a requirement that each family member owns a high powered gun…they must solve that

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