NEGROS remains the priority of the Philippine Army in its anti-insurgency campaign for 2018.
Brigadier General Dinoh Dolina, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said there is still a need to clear insurgency in Negros so that the people could feel real progress and development.
“Negros is full of resources and for the people to experience progress and stability we have to clear the area from insurgency,” said Dolina, who paid a courtesy call on Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City Tuesday.
He added that he has been coordinating with the local government units (LGUs) all over Central and Western Visayas as the newly-installed commander of the 3rd Infantry Division.
The army official also said the mass base support of the New People's Army remains strong in Negros Occidental.
“We have to sustain our gains. We have firmed up plans on how to go about the mass base of the rebels. We have known their plans and intentions and we have our plans to curb that plans,” he said.
Dolina said the Army understands the root cause why the mass base remains strong.
“There are still unresolved issues in Negros that’s why we fully coordinate with the provincial government and other LGUs and other agencies that have the capacities to resolve the issues, ” he added.
Dolina said that within this month, an additional battalion from Mindanao will be deployed in the province to strengthen the campaign against insurgents.
On the alleged human rights violations issues against the Army, Dolina said it is already an old issue that has been hurled against them by the fronts of the communist group.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines have changed and we have done our best to raise our credibility. Through the years, transformation has been happening. We have to take care of the gains in our credibility because we are truly the soldiers of the people,” he added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on January 17, 2018.
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