CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) joined the members of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the Motorcycle and Bike Rider’s Rally, “Ride Ride Ride to ELCAC” on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Around 1,000 motorcycle and bike riders from 14 different groups, spearheaded by Bantay Bayan founder Dr Ben Caralde, assembled at Quezon City Memorial Circle and passed through Quirino Grandstand this morning.”We support the NTF-ELCAC in this activity because this spreads awareness about the task force’s advocacy to end local communist armed conflict, which is also one of our main missions in the AFP,” General Benjamin Madrigal Jr, AFP Chief of Staff said.
Aside from Bantay Bayan founder Dr Caralde, PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Director Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo; Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel; Deputy Chief for Civil Military Operations AFP Major General Antonio Parlade Jr were also present in the activity.
The Joint Task Force NCR provided security to ensure the safety of the riders who participated in the rally.
“We will continue to strengthen our interagency efforts to eradicate communist terrorism in our country, and hopefully we can achieve the peace we are all working hard for.” Gen Madrigal said.