AFP, PNP ready for developments amid Russia-Ukraine conflict
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have assured the public that they are prepared for any development amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The assurance was given in a special meeting convened by President Rodrigo Duterte late Tuesday amid the foreign nations’ conflict.
“[T]he AFP and the PNP gave assurances that our troops and our military and police assets stand ready and that they have respective contingencies prepared for any developments,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a video message on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Duterte gave his nod to the recommendations from his economic team to strengthen the domestic economy.
“In this regard, the President has approved the recommendations of his Economic Team to strengthen our domestic economy, stabilize food prices, provide social protection, and explore diplomatic channels to help resolve the conflict,” Nograles said.
The Palace further appealed to the involved nations to end the tensions which have resulted in deaths.
“In conclusion, we appeal for an immediate end to the unnecessary loss of life, and call on the states involved to forge an accord that can help prevent a conflagration that could engulf a world still struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nograles said.
“The course of history and the fate of our world will be shaped by the decisions that will be made by its leaders. We are one in prayer, together with all peace-loving citizens, that they are guided by wisdom and a genuine desire to save lives, establish harmony among neighboring nations, and forge a just and lasting peace for humanity,” he went on to say.