Friday, February 1, 2013

Phil. Army’s 7ID vows to support police operations

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 1): Phil. Army’s 7ID vows to support police operations

The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID) will continue upgrading technical and operational capabilities of its men, ranking military officials said on Friday. “Our troops will continue to improve their skills through the conduct of training both in combat and in law enforcement tactics and procedures initiated by the command to respond rapidly from the request for assistance of other security agencies of the government,” said Brig. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr, 7ID commander.

This as Catapang lauded his men from the 3rd Infantry Battalion led by 1st Lt. Saturnino Enofre III, who reinforced the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office (NEPPO) in operation that resulted to confiscation of assorted firearms and ammunition from Mauricio Baltazar of Sitio Dipaan, Barangay Gen. Luna, Carranglan town recently.

The joint military-police operation netted one cal .45 pistol, one cal .22 revolver, one pistol type grenade launcher, one silencer for 9mm pistol and assorted live ammunition for grenade launcher, M16 rifle, 9mm pistol and Cal .45 pistol. The suspect, along with the seized firearms and ammunition, was brought at NEPPO headquarters for investigation and filing of criminal case of “illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.”

“The successful conduct of a joint AFP-PNP operation is a result of a well- planned and proper execution of the operation in coordination with other security agencies,” said Lt. Col. Mata, Commander, 3rd Infantry Battalion. “Rest assured that our troops (3rd Infantry Battalion) will ensure that peace and security in the province of Nueva Ecija will remain peaceful and in coordination with other security forces, we will implement the role of law and act humanely during the implementation of our task to conduct search and seizure,” Mata added.

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