By Francis Wakefield
A total of 208 soldiers from other Army divisions will augment the anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism campaign of the 3rd Infantry Division (3rd ID) in Western and Central Visayas regions.
Army 3rd ID Spokesman Cpt. Eduardo Precioso, said of the 208 additional soldiers – 54 are from 4th Infantry Division, 131 from 6th Infantry Division; and 23 from 7th Infantry Division.
On Monday, 131 soldiers from the 6th ID arrived at the 3rd ID headquarters and are now being distributed to the different infantry units of the Division.
“We are determined to wipe out the CPP-NPA terrorists in the area who are continuously propagating terror and criminal activities against the people,” Pricioso said.
“Hence, we strongly believe that these additional enlisted personnel will surely boost our fervent desire to end the bloody insurgency and terrorism being waged by these terrorists,” he added.
Apart from the aforementioned drive, Precioso said the additional troops are also expected to assist various Local Government Units in the area in the delivery of basic services to the grassroots communities.
Recently, the 3rd ID activated its newly-created 94th Infantry Battalion and is undergoing one month organizational training as preparation for its deployment in Panay following the return of the 15th Infantry Battalion to Negros from Mindanao.