Army deploys newly retrained battalion against remaining NPAs in Southern Tagalog

The Philippine Army has deployed an additional infantry battalion during a ceremony at Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal after the reactivated unit completed the mandatory organizational training on Friday.

The 59th Infantry (Protector) Battalion “will augment military forces in 2nd Infantry Division’s priority area to decimate the few remaining NPAs and deliver the finishing blows against insurgency in that part of Southern Tagalog,” said Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr who formally activated the unit two weeks ago.

During his speech the military commander reiterated that “the deployment of hundreds of additional soldiers in the frontlines is our proactive response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to end local communist armed conflict before the end of his term.”

In a statement, he called on the NPA terrorists to “give up your armed struggle while you still have time because these additional forces, with its full military might, will hunt you down until you run out of space to hide.”

The time-honored military ceremony was graced by the presence of Congressman Benjamin Agarao Jr of Laguna’s 4th Congressional District as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

The lawmaker expressed his confidence to the military’s ability to eradicate the menace of insurgency in the soonest possible time so that peace, prosperity and development may finally reign over the region whose economic potentials have been hampered by the scorn of NPA terrorism.

He ended his statement by expressing his gratitude to the soldiers “whose sacrifices are the reason why I, together with my family and millions of other Filipinos, will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing that you are standing guard to ensure our safety and freedom.”

Lt Col Edward Canlas, Commanding Officer of 59IB, said that his unit is now combat ready and that his soldiers are focused to locate, engage and deliver the coup de grace against the NPA remnants who are now on the verge of irreversible collapse.

“We are committed to live by our unit’s monicker – Protector – as we go out to the field and fulfill our most solemn oath of service to our God, flag, country and the Filipino people,” ended Lt Col Canlas. 2ID