Friday, June 9, 2017

Army troops sent to Bohol

From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 9): Army troops sent to Bohol

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command is now realigning its troops in the Visayas to further strengthen its defenses against possible terroristic activities of extremists groups from Mindanao.

Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, yesterday said that he is sending a company-size infantry unit in Bohol, to help secure the prime tourist destination island of Central Visayas.

The Army's 8th Infantry Division in Eastern Visayas will also send the infantry unit of similar size to Bohol, where an 11-man team of Abu Sayyaf bandits had almost been wiped out by units of 3ID stationed in the area, after a series of gunbattles, Aying said.

He added that an Air Force cargo plane will airlift the 3ID troops to Bohol.

At present, the 302nd Infantry Brigade and 47th Infantry Battalion, that are under the supervision of the 3ID, are deployed in Bohol.

Aying has also confirmed the attempt of the New People's Army to regain its influence of Bohol, where peace and order situation returned to normal several years ago.

The New People's Army operating in Bohol has transferred to the southern portion of Negros Oriental.

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