525 Iloilo-based Army troops off to Marawi City

A total of 525 soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Miagao, Iloilo will fly to Marawi City today, June 17 to augment government forces in fighting the Maute group.

Lieutenant Colonel Vener Morga, 82nd IB commander, said a send-off ceremony is scheduled today for 525 soldiers, including himself, at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan town. “Basically, all of us will go except for female soldiers who will stay behind,” he said.

The 82nd IB soldiers have been called from their assignments in the first and second districts of Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Antique, and Guimaras, and would act as a “follow on force,” said Morga.

“We still don’t know our exact assignment,” he said, but added that their deployment would not necessarily mean they would be placed on the Marawi City frontline.

Morga advised his men to be safe in their battle.

“Whatever training they received when they were still recruits, the tactics, techniques and procedures, they should recall and they should apply them because these training were done to ensure that their life will prolong and nothing will happen to them there,” he said.

Morga said that he did not allow his troops to bring their motorcycles with them to further assure their safety.

According to him, motorcycle is one of the reasons why a lot of soldiers of the Philippine Army were ambushed or killed.

“So, to avoid this, their motorcycles will be left here so that unnecessary movement will be controlled,” he said.

Meanwhile, Morga recalled that they were ordered to deploy troops in January last year when the conflict in Marawi City started.

But due to the big events in Western Visayas, especially the hosting of Boracay Island in Aklan and Iloilo City of some meetings of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Palarong Pambansa hosting of the province Antique, among others, Morga said that they hold in abeyance the deployment of his troops.

“Now, because of the present development, 82nd IB was identified as national ready deployable battalion. When the need arises, we will be deployed anywhere in the country,” he further said.

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Source:  Philstar I NewsFilipino

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