3ID Commander: Battalions should be reassigned back to Negros, Panay

Posted by watchmen
August 2, 2017

In response to recent attacks staged by the New People’s Army (NPA), Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) commander, Major General Jon Aying, suggested two battalions currently deployed to Marawi City should be reassigned back to Negros and Panay.
Both the Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental-based 11th Infantry Battalion (11IB) and the Miag-ao, Iloilo-based 82nd Infantry Battalion (82 IB) are currently positioned outside the region.
In a recent phone interview, Aying echoed previous statements by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, saying the NPA took advantage of the ongoing situation in Mindanao, with many police and military units focused on the situation in Marawi City.
He also speculated it would likely take another month for government forces to neutralize the Islamic State-backed Maute terror group.
Aying, however, assured locals the 62nd Infantry Battalion (62 IB) and the 79th Infantry Battalion (79 IB) are both still active in the Negros Island Region, while the 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) is overseeing the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.
The NPA recently staged two major attacks in the region, starting with the June 18 raid of the Maasin Municipal Police Station and the July 21 ambush of police officers in Guihulngan City, which left six police officers dead./WDJ

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