Philippine President Aquino talks peace and multiplies troops in Mindanao

October 04, 2010

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – About 1,000 Army troops from central Luzon were deployed in the southern Philippines to boost the operational capability of the 10th Infantry Division in addressing the insurgents in the area, a senior military official said today.

The 701st Infantry Brigade, which arrived in Mindanao Saturday, came all the way from Burgos, Tarlac to its new workplace in Davao, according to Major General Jorge B. Segovia, commander of the 10th Infantry Division.

Known for its success in counterinsurgency operations, the Brigade under Colonel Leonido Bongcawil will provide command and control on existing army battalions deployed in one of the provinces in the Davao region, Segovia said.

Davao Region is considered to be the national priority area by the Army leadership. The insurgency has been waning in this region for the past few years. The success of the counterinsurgency operations in other regions like Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Central Visayas is more tangible and visible with the decreasing atrocities attributed to the leftist New People’s Army, the military said.

“The arrival of the 701st Infantry Brigade does not necessarily mean additional troops to run after the insurgents. It will translate to more effective and efficient management of troops deployed for the implementation of peace and development outreach programs,” Segovia said.

The Philippine government has been waging war against the leftist rebels for the last four decades.

The administration of President Benigno Aquino III is planning to revive the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA.

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