The army soldiers deployed in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, will remain in the town until the Comelec lifts its control over the municipality, Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.
More than 300 military and police personnel were deployed in Moises Padilla, and neighboring areas for election duties during the midterm elections Monday.
But Arevalo said they will still assess the need for more lasting security in Moises Padilla, even if Comelec will lift its control over the town because of election-related violent incidents.
Several armed skirmishes between the New People’s Army and Army soldiers took place in the hinterlands of Moises Padilla, where communist rebels had been active in their assassination activities since last year.
“I can see that there is a need to maintain our presence in the municipality,” Arevalo said.
Twenty-seven policemen assigned in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, were relieved, after the town was placed under Comelec control.
PCol. Romeo Baleros, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that the police personnel deployed in Moises Padilla will remain, until there is an order for them to be returned to their respective units.
“We will continue as regular policemen in Moises Padilla on interim or temporary basis, while Comelec control is still in effect,” Baleros said.
But he said the 27 relieved policemen will no longer be returned to the Moises Padilla. “They will be replaced by police personnel from other municipal stations, or from the region ( Police Regional Office 6), Baleros also said.*
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