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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


PNP MIMAROPA deploys 100 soldiers to Basilan

by Louie T. Cueto

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) - Police Regional Office (PRO) MIMAROPA has deployed 100 soldiers of Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) to Basilan.

On the morning of Jan. 19, Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Artemio G. Hicaban led the deployment in a simple send-off ceremony held in front of PRO MIMAROPA Administrative Building at Camp Efigenio Navarro, Barangay Suqui in this city.

According to Hicban, the deployment of soldiers is in line with the “Tour of Duty of PNP Personnel Deployed in Armed-Conflict Areas, Counter- Insurgency Operations and other Similar Serious Threats to National Security” and is a continuing PNP program stated in PNP Circular Number 2009-015 dated August 10, 2009.

He said the PRO MIMAROPA contingent is the manoeuver unit of the region under the leadership of Police Senior Superintendent Ronaldo F. De Jesus as the Battalion Commander.

The contingent led by Police Chief Insp. Noli Q. Asuncion, Deputy Battalion Commander of RPSB, will augment the local police units in Mindanao particularly in the Basilan province where spate of kidnappings and other lawlessness activities are rampant.

“Courage is being afraid, but going on anyhow. Fear of the unknown and uncertainty is but natural. But remember that it is in the most adverse situations that great opportunities come. Be proud that you were chosen for this mission so that when you return, you may tell great stories about your assignment in Mindanao,” Hicban, quoting Dan Rather’s saying during his inspirational message. (LBR/PNP/LTC/PIA-4B)

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