Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in
Brig. Gen. Patrimonio explained during a post-election briefing Monday afternoon that these two activities are not independent of each other.
According to him, the role of the Philippine Army in the barangay elections was to primarily secure areas affected by the insurgency problem, which is nothing new to the soldiers that have been conducting combat and non-combat operations even before the barangay polls.
More than 1,000 troops were deployed in the Election Watchlist Areas (EWAs) in
One platoon of about 28 men and two officers were also dispatched by the 79th Infantry Battalion to nearby
The Army commander disclosed that during Monday’s barangay elections, no insurgency-related incidents were reported especially in areas tagged by the military as having the presence of the New People’s Army.
Brig. Gen. Patrimonio, meanwhile, said the IPSP Bayanihan will continue in Negros Oriental according to the set time schedule as the Army targets to reduce the insurgency problem in the province to an insignificant level by the end of this year.