Army to deploy additional troops in Abra

LAGANGILANG, Abra – Additional Army troops were deployed in Abra to secure the upcoming May 13 Midterm Elections, today.

Around 500 troops of the Army’s 45th Infantry Battalion will be augmented to the 24th Infantry Battalion based in Lagangilang, Abra to be deployed in its most critical election areas.

It can be remembered that on March 19, 2019, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc declared the whole of Abra as a hotspot under Category Red.

A series of engagements were conducted by the Army, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and COMELEC to the local political candidates, asking for their cooperation to ensure that the conduct of the May 13 elections will be safe, orderly and secured.

The deployment of additional troops will serve as a pre-emptive measure for any untoward incident on the Election Day. It will also give confidence to the Abreños to practice their right of suffrage without fear and reservation.

Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division said, “Your Army is committed to giving not just Abra, but the whole nation, an honest, orderly and peaceful election. We assure you that we will be non-partisan in the conduct of security operations.”

Brigadier General Henry A Robinson Jr AFP, Commander of the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade said, “We have noticed the respect and love of the people of Abra to the Army and we are grateful. We will do our best to help this Province live in peace, and this augmentation of security during this election is just a part of it.”

“Our engagement with the local political candidates, in close coordination with the PNP and COMELEC, have given the Army an increased visibility which, in turn, will increase the confidence of each and every Abreños to exercise their right to vote,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy P Faminial, Battalion Commander of 24IB.

“As we remain apolitical, we also make sure that the CPP-NPA will not take advantage of the situation to conduct atrocities in the Province of Abra,” he added.