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Additional Marine battalion to keep peace in Southern Palawan

Puerto Princesa City (3 December) -- An additional marine battalion will be deployed to the southern part of Palawan to strengthen the security in the area, maintain peace and order, and to help in the apprehension of violators of illegal logging activities.

The deployment of Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 (MBLT-12) is in response to the request of the local chief executives in the southern municipalties. The arrival of MBLT-12 is a reaffirmation of the Marines' commitment to bring peace and order in the country.

Major General Juancho M. Sabban, Commander of the Western Command (WESCOM) together with Commodore Edgardo D. Tamayo of the Naval Forces West welcomed the battalion when it arrived last week at the Tidepole Detachment Beaching Area in Puerto Princesa City.

MGen Sabban said, "the arrival of the additional marine battalion does not mean that they are going to launch a massive military offensive in the province."

"The additional troops are here primarily to keep the province secure and safe from the insurgent groups and from their activities that disrupt the peace of the place," the WESCOM Commander stressed.

Major Neil Anthony Estrella, Public Information Officer (PIO) of WESCOM said, "the purpose of the deployment of the additional marine battalion is to increase the visibility of soldiers in remote areas, particularly in the southern part of the province, as much to deter insurgent activities as to reach out to the people."

The MBLT-12 under Colonel Raul Jesus Caldez will set a detachment camp in Barangay Abo-Abo in the municipality of Sofronio Espaņola. (vsmendoza, pia-palawan) [top]

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