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AFP chief calls for vigilance to protect youth from online radicalization

AFP chief of staff General Romeo Brawner, Jr. reminds AFP personnel to be vigilant in cyberspace to protect the youth against radicalization and to uphold the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at all times. (Photos courtesy of AFP)

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Romeo Brawner, Jr. called for vigilance in cyberspace to protect the youth against radicalization.

I encourage you to stay vigilant, strengthen our cyberspace capabilities, and further synchronize our operations within cyberspace realms,” said General Brawner in observance of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month.

Brawner cited the Republic Act 11188 or the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict in calling for enhanced capabilities and operations in cyberspace.

With our focused military operations, we are confident that the continuous eradication of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) will soon result in total victory and peace in our land. However, the enemies no longer stay in the highlands but are now emerging through cyberspace – radicalizing our youth.”  

Earlier, Brawner cited AFP’s plan in development the armed forces’ capabilities in cyber or digital warfare as a a significant part of the continuing modernization in the AFP.

The AFP joins in the commemoration of the International Humanitarian Law Month this August and the observance of the International Humanitarian Law Day on August 12, 2023.

This year's celebration is themed "IHL: Gabay sa Makataong Pagsulong ng Kapayapaan," which highlights the continuous and essential significance of IHL in promoting peace and protecting the rights and dignity of individuals impacted by armed conflicts.

IHL is an essential part of the fabric of our society. It is a reminder that certain rules must be respected even amidst war. At this point, allow me to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all of you for protecting our countrymen, especially during our combat operations. We, the AFP, are always committed to upholding these rules, and we will continue to do so in the years to come,” said Brawner.

The AFP chief also reiterated the AFP’s pledge and commitment to promote and adhere to the provisions of the International Humanitarian Law.

The International humanitarian law is a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare. International humanitarian law is also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict. (AFP/PIA-NCR)

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