Friday, March 27, 2015

Army sets up new checkpoints in Samar’s rebel-infested village

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 27): Army sets up new checkpoints in Samar’s rebel-infested village
The Philippine Army’s 87th Infantry Battalion (87th IB) will set up new checkpoints in Guirang village of this town to deter activities of communist rebels.

Lt. Randy C. Alunday, assistant commander of the 87th IB Alpha Company, said the new checkpoints is part of massive clearing operations to prevent possible attacks during the upcoming Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (NPA) 46th founding anniversary on March 29.

The checkpoint, according to Alunday, will complement patrol operations conducted in the area purposely to hinder activities of the New People’s Army.

“The bottom line of all of this is that we are doing everything we can to provide for the best possible safety and security,” he said.

New checkpoints will be manned by soldiers who are trained in doing high-profile search techniques.

“They've done specific rehearsals to build them up over the last few months and they understand all of the different scenarios, from the highest threat level to the most rudimentary threat level, in order to provide a safe environment,” Alunday explained.

Linda Pacaanas, chief of Mabini village, said the presence of soldiers in the area has repelled insurgents and boosted their confidence in their small village.

Mabinil village has been known as site for encounter between government troops and rebels.

Soldiers conduct regular patrols in the area to prevent enemy activity, and have also a standby troops ready to reinforce every time there has been a threat to operating troops in the area.

“We want to do this in a balanced way so people feel safe. This is to ensure that people with a more sinister intent don’t get to bring something into the community,” he added.

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