Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302 nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, said the election duty of soldiers in the barangay polls Monday was complementary to the Internal Peace and Security Plan of the national government.
He said the two activities are not independent of each other, and the role of the Army in the barangay elections was primarily to secure areas affected by the insurgency problem.
More than 1,000 troops were deployed in the Election Watchlist Areas in Guihulngan City, Sta. Catalina, Siaton and Brgy. Dobdob, Valencia in Negros Oriental, and in the critical areas of the fifth district of Negros Occidental, that is under the jurisdiction of the 302 nd Brigade, he said.
A platoon of 28 men and two officers were also dispatched by the 79 th Infantry Battalion to Siquijor province to augment the security personnel requirements there.
Patrimonio said no insurgency-related incidents were reported in EWAS and other areas during the elections.
He added that the IPSP Bayanihan will continue in Negros Oriental since the Army is targeting the reduction of the number of insurgents to an insignificant level by the end of this year.*JFP
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