Thursday, May 16, 2013

Soldiers start reporting to barracks, 500 Marines stay

From the Philippine News Agency (May 16): Soldiers start reporting to barracks, 500 Marines stay

The 500 marine soldiers assigned in the hinterlands of Misamis Oriental will stay as large number of personnel deployed in the region gradually start reporting back to barracks.

Maj. Leo Bongosia, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division here, said the soldiers assigned to escort and secure officials of the Commissions on Election in the hinterlands of Northern Mindanao have started to come back to their mother units.

Bongosia said Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, commander of the Army 4th Infantry Division, was glad the soldiers had returned safely to their families after a week assignment in the region’s most difficult places.

Visaya thanked the soldiers for their resoluteness and sincere efforts to maintain a stable peace and order in their areas of responsibilities during the midterm elections, Bongosia said.

He said the division commander also thanked the civilians and local government units for the support extended to the military.

Except for the reported armed skirmishes in Kitao-kitao, Bukidnon on election day, the division has not received any other report of armed encounter in the region, Bongosia said.

No one was hurt in the Bukidnon armed clash, Bongosia added.

Bongosia said that although there were isolated military encounters with the rebels and lawless elements, the 2013 elections in Northern Mindanao was comparatively peaceful than in the last elections in 2010.

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