Strengthen security ops, troops told

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


THE Philippine Army's 1001st Infantry Brigade ordered on Friday its field units to launch security operations in their areas of responsibility following the discovery of a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) in Pantukan in Compostela Valley on Thursday.

Colonel Angelito De Leon, chief of the 1001st Brigade, issued the directive to Army's 71st Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Dennis Tanzo, and Lt. Col. Delfin Arguelles of the 9th Infantry Battalion.

De Leon said the two Army battalions have been ordered to launch security operations to protect the people from the atrocities and other activities conducted by the suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA).

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The troops believed that it was the NPA who planted the IED found on national highway in Pantukan around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) found the IED during a road repair operation in the area.

According to DPWH worker Arnulfo Llenado, they were picking up firewood to boil the asphalt in Bongabong in Pantukan when they discovered a long wire. He said when they tried to pull the wire they saw the IED.

"The NPA don't think of the dangers posed by its landmine on innocent civilians, motorists traveling on the highway. They're merely violating Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)," De Leon said.

De Leon added government troops condemned the act of the communist rebels, where they are terrorizing the civilians who support the peace and development efforts initiated by the Army.

In response to the order of the 1001st Brigade commander, Lt. Col. Dennis Tanzo and Lt. Col. Delfin Arguelles vowed to strengthen peace and security operation in their areas of responsibility.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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