Gover­nor voices sup­port for more mil­i­tary de­ploy­ments

Marañon: We have been re­quest­ing ad­di­tional troops

Watchmen Daily Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon, Jr. yes­ter­day voiced sup­port for Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s or­der to de­ploy ad­di­tional troops to Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, not­ing, Ne­gros should have a min­i­mum of four bat­tal­ions of troops in or­der to en­sure peace and or­der.

He pointed out, fol­low­ing last year’s siege of Marawi City, two bat­tal­ions were with­drawn from Ne­gros in or­der to re­in­force troops in Min­danao. With the said con­flict over, the gover­nor is hop­ing for the re­turn of the two bat­tal­ions.

“I agree with Duterte’s or­der and, as a mat­ter of fact, we have been re­quest­ing for ad­di­tional troops for a long time,” Marañon said.

How­ever, in re­sponse

to Duterte’s plans to in­tro­duce a ‘hit squad’ tar­get­ing the New Peo­ple’s Army-Spe­cial Par­ti­san Unit (NPA-SParU), he be­lieves the pres­i­dent was not se­ri­ous about the pro­posal and merely chose the “wrong words.”

“It’s too dras­tic,” the gover­nor stated.

Marañon went on to crit­i­cize the SParU for “liq­ui­dat­ing” in­di­vid­u­als with­out con­duct­ing a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ear­lier, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea, cit­ing re­cent acts of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing the ‘Sa­gay 9’ in­ci­dent and the mur­der of Na­tional Union of the Peo­ple’s Lawyers-Ne­gros sec­re­tary­gen­eral, Atty. Ben­jamin Ramos, Jr., jus­ti­fied the need for re­in­force­ments in or­der to “pre­vent fur­ther loss of in­no­cent lives and de­struc­tion of prop­erty.”

The added se­cu­rity seeks to “bring the coun­try back to a state of com­plete nor­malcy as quick as pos­si­ble.”

The or­der also re­it­er­ated mea­sures the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) can un­der­take dur­ing a state of na­tional emer­gency on ac­count of law­less­ness; along with di­rect­ing the AFP, PNP, and Depart­ment of Jus­tice to closely co­or­di­nate and in­ten­sify lo­cal and transna­tional in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions.

The PNP al­ready un­veiled plans to de­ploy at least 100 mem­bers of the Spe­cial Ac­tion Force in Ne­gros, while the Philip­pine Army 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade has yet to re­ceive any com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­gard­ing ad­di­tional troop de­ploy­ments.

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