Additional battalion deployed to help 4th ID in fight vs NPA

THE EASTERN Mindanao Command deployed an additional peacekeeping battalion to the 4th Infantry Division on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, to help thwart the threat posed by the New People’s Army.

 The 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division, headed by Ltc. Richard B. Rabaca, was formally welcomed at the headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division.

 Aside from their traditional military operations against threat groups, the 500-strong unit will help boost the army’s capability in responding to natural and man-made calamities.

 The battalion will also initiate community-based dialogues to enlighten residents on the governments programs that will counter the propaganda of the NPA, he said.

 Brig Gen Cristobal Zaragoza, assistant division commander, welcomed the officers of the 65th IB as he represented Maj. Gen Ronald Villanueva, 4th Infantry Division commander.

 “To all of you, soldiers of this battalion, we expect that you will always bear the professionalism as you execute your tasks,” he said.

 “Build bridges among the people, earn their respect and gain friends. There is no room for any human rights violations. We have already gained an immeasurable people’s support in this part of the country. Don’t let one mistake destroy what we have sacrificed for our country,” Zaragoza said.

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