Returning Troops to Deal with Reinforced Rebels

Negros Occidental is waiting for the return of troops belonging to the 11th, 15th and 82nd Infantry Battalions of the Army, deployed months ago in Zamboanga, Lanao del Norte, and Marawi City.

Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr., yesterday said, when he met President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday he was assured of the return of military troops to the island.

Military records showed that three soldiers from the 15th IB and three Negrenses from the elite Scout Ranger unit of the Philippine Army were killed during the gun battle in Marawi.

‘NPAs TOOK ADVANTAGE.’

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division (ID) commanding general said, the New People’s Army (NPA) took advantage of the pull-out of troops from Negros, by consolidating their forces.

At present, there are only two Army battalions assigned in Negros, compared to four in previous years, supervised by two infantry brigades.

WARNING VS. TERORISTS.

In his speech in Bacolod on Sunday, Duterte warned the public to be prepared for possible retaliation from Maute-IS terror group following their defeat in Marawi.

“Please take care that nothing of the sort will happen again, especially here in the Visayas,” he said.

While he said he was not trying to scare the public, the President said he wants the everyone to be prepared for any eventuality.

“Terrorism is everywhere and no nation has escaped from the clutches of the evil of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). It’s an ideology that is dedicated to just killing human beings and destroying places,” he pointed out.

“The terrorism that happened in Marawi City, it was an awful thing to just see what was evolving before our eyes,” he said.

“It would help that everybody would also watch everybody,” he said adding that “Not really a profiling, I hate it; I do not do it... Sometimes we have to know things within your control..”*(NDB)