To ease the growing tension between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) over the Mamasapano massacre, soldiers and policemen staged a “Unity Walk” on Wednesday in line with the 29th anniversary of the first EDSA People Power revolt.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, AFP Civil Relations Service commander, said the “Unity Walk” marks the AFP and PNP’s expression of continued solidarity in serving the people.
“This shows that the AFP and PNP are united, cohesive and focused on our respective missions to protect the people and secure the sovereignty of the state,” he added.
The AFP and the PNP recently had differences in their accounts of the carnage in Mamasapano.
From the Gate 2 of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, soldiers met with some 300 PNP personnel along the MRT 3 Santolan station where they linked their arms together, signifying the spirit of “Kapit-Bisig,” and marched toward the People Power Monument along EDSA.
“This signifies the moment when we attained full democracy and at the same time, the strength and unity of AFP and PNP was also demonstrated during this momentous event,” Kakilala said.
He led the contingent from the AFP composed of its three major services (the Philippine Army, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy); General Headquarters and Headquarters Support Command personnel; and Reserve Forces.