CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – It’s all systems go for the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division as more than 5000 troops were deployed to secure the 2019 National and Local Elections in Central and Western Visayas on 06 May 2019, Monday.
The deployment of troops was formalized through a Send-Off Ceremony of Force and Resources held at Headquarters, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6), Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City.
It was attended by Atty. Tomas Valera, Assistant Regional Election Director, COMELEC 6; Police BGen Bartolome Tobias, DIPO-Visayas; Police BGen John Bulalacao, Regional Director, PRO-6; BGen Alberto Desoyo, the commander of the Army’s 301st (Bayanihan) Brigade, and BGen Ignacio Madriaga, Commander, 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade.
In his message delivered by BGen Desoyo during the ceremony, MGen Dolina reminded the troops that it is their utmost duty to ensure that the people will have a clean, honest, and peaceful election as the whole region is expecting that they will be able to carry-out their poll duties.
The troops’ deployment will serve as an augmentation for the PNP members who will take front line election duties in areas that need extra security particularly those listed in the election hotpots and Red areas.
Last April 27, the 303rd Infantry (Brown Eagle) Brigade deployed 150 soldiers to Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental following the order of COMELEC to send additional troops in the said town after the bloody killings involving local officials.
Further, Dolina enjoined everyone to help ensure orderly, credible and peaceful elections. “It is a common knowledge that the obligation to keep democracy in this country is a shared responsibility. As the state has obligations to its citizens, in return all of the citizens are also obliged to protect democracy under our existing laws. Let us do
our part in this exercise of democracy,” he emphasized.