AFP says ‘we’re not enemy’ in soldiers’ visit to gardening sites on UP campus

MANILA, Philippines—Government soldiers made their presence felt on the University of the Philippines’ Diliman campus on Wednesday (Jan. 20) following the termination by the Department of National Defense (DND) of a deal that required prior notice to UP officials for the deployment of state security forces inside UP campuses.

Two trucks from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force National Capital Region brought soldiers to areas on the campus supposedly to inspect the AFP unit’s urban gardening projects. The visit was meant to show that the military was not an enemy of UP, said Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson.

LOOK: Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines visit the UP Arboretum at the University of the Philippines (UP)…

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“This is proof that the armed forces is not an enemy,” Arevalo said at a press briefing, speaking in Fillipino. The visit was meant to show that “if the armed forces enters schools, like UP, it doesn’t mean there’s militarization but cooperation, coordination between soldiers and people in UP communities for progress,” he added.

“This is just one among the many circumstances that we could cite to you of

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