Army: Soldiers in Iloilo villages on civic mission

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Monday, March 23, 2015


THE Army soldiers in five villages in Iloilo City are doing civic action work and are not combatants as charged by an urban poor militant organization.

Lieutenant Colonel Enriqueto Deocadez Jr., commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, explained the presence of his troops at a press briefing Monday.

Militant groups are denouncing the presence of armed soldiers in civilian areas. But Deocadez said the civic mission in Calajunan, Mandurriao; Bitoon, Jaro; San Antonio, Molo; Mohon, Arevalo and Sambag, Jaro, had the blessings of the Iloilo City Peace and Order Council.

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Decocades said the police and health, education and City Government officers were also taking part in the civic action program.

Deocadez invited members of the militant organizations to join the civic action program.

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