From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 17): Negros, Panay soldiers leaving for Marawi war
An infantry battalion unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division is joining other government forces in the fight against Maute terror group in Marawi City.
Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3ID commander, said yesterday that the 82nd Infantry Battalion is leaving Iloilo today, for assignment in Marawi City.
An Army battalion-size unit is composed of about 500 soldiers.
They are expected to be airlifted early morning today from the Iloilo airport by an Air Force C-130 cargo plane.
Aying called on families of the 82IB soldiers, majority of them from Negros, Iloilo and Capiz, to pray for their safety.
The 82IB is joining the other 3ID units, including the 15IB and 11IB, assigned in Mindanao. Three soldiers of the 15IB have been killed since last month, in Marawi.
Aying, however, said that none of the Army infantry units will be pulled out from Negros.
Two Army geographical battalions have been organized by the 3ID to support the non traditional activities of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Island Region.