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Army brass lauds 30-IB service and dedication

MGen. Mario Chan, Division Commander of the 4ID, lauded the 30th Infantry Battalion for its dedication and service to the people during the 37th founding anniversary celebration where he was the guest of honor and speaker held on April 17, 2010 at the 30IB headquarters in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Placer this province.

In his speech, Chan commended the 30IB soldiers who have shown bravery and exemplary deeds most especially during the Siargao Island crisis last year.

"Napakaganda ng performance ng 30IB, the NPA was so devastated when they suffered major losses last year during their Siargao encounter."

Chan bared that they will now be turning over the Internal Security Operations (ISO) responsibility to the Local Gov't Unit (LGU). That means, AFP will hand over anti-insurgency campaigns to LGUs after threats in the area are deemed "insignificant" by the military.

"We will not be pulling out our men, we will still be around. We will still help the LGU in eradicating insurgency in the area," he added.

Also, Chan belied the issue of the blooming presence of the NPA in Surigao del Norte, "there is no truth to the issue."

In fact, Chan said the province of Surigao del Norte is one of the 4 provinces where ISO operation will be turned-over.

"Napakapeaceful po ng Surigao del Norte," he said. Other 3 provinces include Dinagat Islands, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental.

Meantime, MGen. Chan has vowed not to involve his men in partisan politics. "AFP is again reiterating, we will not side any politicians. We will be apolitical."

The army commander said he would see to it that his soldiers will remain within their mandate of protecting the votes and ensure a peaceful and credible election. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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