Negros Scout Rangers
sent off to Zamboanga
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
The Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday pulled out the Army’s elite 1st Scout Ranger Battalion from Negros island, to augment government troops locked in a standoff with members of the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga .
Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, who led the send-off ceremony of the 500-strong 1st Scout Ranger Battalion at the Bacolod-Silay airport, said the sudden departure of the unit was “very very unexpected”, considering they are in the midst of anti-insurgency operations in central Negros.
Lt. Col. Oriel Pangcog, 1st Scout Ranger Battalion, said his troops are still in combat and clearing operations in the hinterlands of Guihulngan City, after a recent encounter with about 20 rebels, when he was informed Monday to consolidate his troops for deployment in Zamboanga.