Press Statement dated February 25, 2024
Sun | February 25, 2024

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The Department of National Defense commends our Armed Forces for their efforts against members of the Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) and the New People's Army (NPA) in separate encounters in Lanao del Norte, Negros Occidental, and Bohol this week.

I especially laud our operatives who successfully pursued the suspects in last year's tragic bombing in Mindanao State University.

The Defense Department and AFP shall remain resolute in ridding the nation of these lawless elements, who are harming our people and disrupting our communities.

We mourn and honor our brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price to protect the nation, and we extend our deepest sympathies and assurances of support to the bereaved families of our valiant troops.

On instructions of the President we are, together with the AFP, working hard to ensure that casualties are avoided. This is the best way to honor their sacrifice.


Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr.
Department of National Defense