Truce ends, more troops sought
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Brig. Gen. Josue Gaverza, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday pushed for infusion of troops and Special Operations Team operators in some areas of northern Negros, as the holiday truce being observed by government forces and the New People’s Army ended Jan. 1.
Gaverza said he expects to confer soon with his field commanders, review their anti-insurgency campaign plan for 2009, and make necessary adjustments, to meet the deadline set for them by the Philippine Army headquarters.
Gaverza said there may be some re-alignment of forces in Negros, following the redeployment of 15th Infantry Battalion to Mindanao. He, however, said this is not a reaction to claims of priest-turned-rebel Frank Fernandez that the military is now panicking because of the tactical offensives the New People’s Army launched last year.