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PIA Press Release
2008/11/11

No need for additional army division for Lanao provinces - MGen. Pajarito

ICC Iligan City (11 November) -- At least two (2) Philippine Army divisions are presently serving the two Lanao provinces, hence, there is no need for the creation of another army division in the area.

This was disclosed by Maj. Gen. Nehemias Pajarito, in reaction to the request of Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo of the 2nd district of Lanao del Norte who has asked Malacanang for an additional army division in this province after the armed conflict broke out last August18.

Pajarito said these two army divisions, namely the First Infantry Division (IID), PA, based in Pagadian City and 4ID based in Cagayan de oro City are doing their best to address the situation specially in maintaining peace and order in the two (2) Lanaos, as part of their area of responsibility (AOR).

Cong. Dimaporo's request was made to expedite the manhunt of the lawless MILF group (LMG) who attacked Kauswagan and Kolambugan Lanao del Norte that resulted not only to damage of properties but also to loss of lives which had a bad effect on the on going peace process for the province.

He however commended the efforts of IID and 4ID based for doing their best also to bring LMG leader Bravo and his men to justice so that peace will prevail in this area.

The congressman believes that no progress and development will set in, until peace will prevail, which has always been the dream of any Muslim and Christian, not only in LDN but also in the entire island of Mindanao. (OSM Radyo ng Bayan) [top]

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