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Dumaguete City, Philippines Monday, September 22, 2014
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Injured soldier honored

Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd Infantry Division commander, said yesterday that there will be no let-up in their security operations against those who continue to pursue armed violence.

Guerrero, who awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal to PFC Ronald Apiladas Saturday, said “We will ensure that development efforts will reach the barangays unhampered by these lawless elements.” He was apparently referring to the NPA.

Apiladas was injured in an encounter with suspected NPA rebels on Sept. 19, in Tubungan town of Iloilo.

The encounter was an offshoot of pursuit operations being conducted by the 82nd Infantry Battalion, following the seizure of a large NPA camp in Igbaras, Iloilo.

Army soldiers recovered wires of improvised explosives devices or landmines used by the NPA in their activities and training materials, Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3ID Public Affairs Office chief, said.

A statement issued by the 3ID quoted Guerrero as saying, “We will not let these armed groups deprive the desire of our people to have peaceful and developed communities”.

“We will continue our efforts together with the stakeholders, and work even more through Bayanihan in bringing peace and development, and the necessary services to the people, especially in remote villages,” he also said.*GPB

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