Army group assures villagers of protection from terrorists

Published April 5, 2018, 11:46 AM

by iManila Developer

By Mike Crismundo

The command group of the Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion on Wednesday vowed to secure and protect the villagers, particularly the highland folks from any harassment by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs).


“Yes, the command group of the 36th ‘Valor’ Battallion under the command of Lt. Col. Lt. Col. Xerxes A. Trinidad will secure and protect our villagers, especially highland village folks (natives) from any harassment from the CNTs),” claimed Capt. Francisco P. Garello, Jr., Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 36th IB, in a phone interview with The Manila Bulletin.

He said this assurance was made during the Local Crisis Management Council (LCMC) emergency meeting held at the Mayor’s Office in San Miguel town, Surigao del Sur province, where local officials and field unit commanders of military and police as well as other concerned line agencies of the government were present.

The LCMC meeting took place in connection with the gunbattle between the “Valor” troopers of the 36th IB against heavily armed CNTs in barangays San Roque and Bolhoon, San Miguel town of that same province on Tuesday.

No one was hurt on the “Valor” 36th IB troopers while undetermined number members of CNTs were believed hit in the two separate gunbattles, claimed Capt. Garello.

He further claimed that the CNTs were supposed to attack the Bolhoon Patrol base which is highly populated but was foiled by the alerted 36th IB field troops, after receiving tip from the same villagers in San Roque and Bolhoon.

In that same LCMC meeting, all concerned stakeholders discussed immediate possible actions for worst case scenarios, the 36th IB CMO officer said.

“Our local officials and even all concerned line agencies of the government are very cooperative for the welfare of our villagers,” he said.

Capt. Garello added that the local officials also fully supported the peace and development program currently implemented by the various field units of the 36th IB.