Sen. Panfilo Lacson expects the Armed Forces of the Philippines to do better in its fight against terrorism and insurgency with new chief of staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana’s “due diligence” policy.
Lacson said he hopes Sobejana’s emphasis on tact and sensitivity will mean there will be no repeat of the recent gaffes especially in anti-insurgency efforts.
“I just hope Lt. Gen. Sobejana’s initial pronouncements will serve as the policy guideline for the AFP,” he said in an interview on DWIZ radio.
Earlier on his Twitter account, Lacson lauded Sobejana as “a fine example of an AFP Chief of Staff who can articulate.”
“A Medal of Valor awardee, his wisdom matches his bravery,” he added.
Sobejana, who assumed the AFP’s top post on Thursday, had said he would focus on putting an end to terrorist groups, including the New People’s Army and Abu Sayyaf, during his six-month tour of duty.
But he added the AFP, in doing so, should exercise due diligence in identifying the enemies of the state.
Meanwhile, Lacson said Sobejana’s policies should also be followed by Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., whose recent Facebook posts indicated he may file a suit against a journalist.
“As much as we try to understand Lt. Gen. Parlade, who is very passionate about his work, his timing and the context of his posts were off. They came at a time petitioners against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 raised the issue of ‘overbreadth doctrine’ where freedom of speech and expression is threatened,” Lacson said.