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4,840 soldiers, CAAs return to camps safely

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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

PAF Blackhawk helicopters transported Comelec officials and VCMs to remote areas of Region 6 during the May 9 elections.* 3ID photo

Soldiers and Cafgu Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) under the supervision of Army’s 3rd Infantry Division have returned safely to their respective camps and military outposts in Negros, Panay, Cebu and Bohol, after serving and securing areas of Western and Central Visayas during the May 9 elections, disclosed their commander, Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo.

Arevalo mobilized 4,840 Army personnel and CAAs, including more than 1,800 soldiers and government militiamen in Negros Occidental, to support the Philippine National Police in securing the electoral process in two Visayas regions.

Not a single-election related incident, or New People’s Army violent activities, took place during election day, military and police records show.

Aside from providing security, Arevalo said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines also provided aerial transport and retrieval of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs), and Election Officers to remote areas in its areas of operations.

This contributed to the efficient preparation and conduct of elections in Negros and Panay, he added.

Arevalo lauded the 3ID troops and other security forces for their commitment in securing the recent concluded elections.

“Our collaboration does not end here, this will transcend in our campaign against insurgency in Western and Central Visayas,” he stressed.*

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