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Army reserve command to sack abusive reservists in Ilocos

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (September 11) -- A commander of the army's ready reserve battalion has announced last Tuesday here that all abuses committed by reservists in the province will not be tolerated saying that this was an automatic ground for immediate dismissal from the unit.

Colonel Amado Tejano, commander of the army's 1st Ready Reserve Battalion based at the Ilocos Sur's Community Defense Center (ISCDC) in Camp President Quirino in Bantay town here, reacted over the reported indiscriminate firing of a civilian who claimed himself as an army reservist from Santa, Ilocos Sur and another reservist who was arrested for illegal possession of firearms in Caoayan town last week.

He condemned the unbecoming attitudes of the arrested reservists and he asked the local policemen to file the appropriate charges against them.

"Our unit will not condoning these wrongdoings of our reservist's officers and enlisted men especially if firearm was involved," Tejano said.

"Actually, the army reservist who was caught firing indiscriminately in Santa, Ilocos Sur was already discharged from our unit after we positively proven the veracity of his untoward act in his community," he added.

He said that this kind of reservist had no place in their unit but should be discharged and be criminally and administratively liable in court.

While the incident in Caoayan town, Tejano said that they will conduct a parallel investigation to the said army reservist that was caught carrying firearm before they will decide an appropriate punishment.

According to Tejano, the forming of the various ready reserve battalions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was mandated under the national defense act. It was aimed to conduct civic services in the community and to augment the regular forces of the AFP in case of civil war and aggression of external forces.

The AFP's ready reserve battalions are composed of retired military officers and enlisted men from the regular forces, graduates from the advance and basic ROTC/NSTP training in college, former trainees and military servicemen.

"Since, our province is very peaceful; we primarily conducting civic actions and services in the community. The carrying of firearm is purely secondary in nature for every reservist provided that this firearm should be licensed with permit to carry document," he said.

Colonel Tejano, who retired from the regular force after reaching the age of 56 last year, appealed to the residents to report to the nearest police station and media outlets about abusive actions of an army reservist in their community. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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