The AFP will be deploying additional forces to Samar in response to the rising number of incidents of “lawless violence” in the province.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo released a statement on Thursday that an additional two infantry battalions have been sent to Samar reinforce the current forces stationed there.
“Nagkaroon na tayo ng ginagawang assessment and then nakita natin that there’s really a need for us to reinforce our units there kaya pinadala natin ang dalawang battalions na ito (We conducted an assessment and found out there’s really a need for us to reinforce our units so deployed these two battalions,” said Arevalo.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last week issued Memorandum Order No. 32 amid “sporadic acts of violence allegedly committed by lawless groups particularly in the provinces of Samar, Negros Oriental and Occidental, and Bicol Region”. The memorandum called for the immediate deployment of additional AFP and PNP personnel to the affected regions.
According to Arevalo, the deployment of military personnel to Negros Oriental and Occidental, and to the Bicol Region is still tentative as the AFP is reviewing the number to be assigned.