From the Manila Bulletin (Dec 30): One more Samar town insurgency free
Borongan City – The Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have declared the town of San Julian in Eastern Samar as insurgency-free.
The declaration was made recently by 801st Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Perfecto Remando and Eastern Samar Police chief Tranquilino Araral III during a program at the San Julian Auditorium.
The 14th Infantry Battalion (14th IB) and the regional police recommended the declaration after assessing that the town’s internal peace and security is already stable.
The declaration was witnessed by San Julian Mayor Dennis Estaron, Lt. Col. Ronnie Ebarita and San Julian Police Station Chief Aldo Mendiola.
San Julian, a fifth-class municipality with a population of 14,498, is one of 13 towns in Eastern Samar where communist rebels used to wield considerable influence.
Counter-insurgency efforts by the government have driven out the rebels from the towns.