CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan Capiz – Efforts to fight two (2) of the most dreaded viruses that Filipinos ever faced is in full swing according to Major General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Western and Central Visayas, as he talked about the 3ID’s fight against a two-pronged enemy – the COVID-19 and the CPP-NPA virus.

As the 3rd Infantry Division performs its important role under the IATF MEID in preventing the local transmission of the Corona Virus, it had also stepped up its campaign against the threats posed by the CPP-NPA terrorists, after the latter perpetrated several atrocities against the troops who were conducting security operations and information dissemination in support to the government’s effort in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, joint elements from the 79th Infantry Battalion and 6Th Special Action Battalion of the PNP’s Special Action Force who were conducting security patrol and information dissemination in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic clashed against suspected CPP-NPA terrorists near BRGY. Gawahon, Victorias City, Negros Occidental around 8:30 am on Friday, April 24, 2020

With the incident, Major General Vinoya asserted that the 3rd Infantry Division will continue to assist the Local Government Units in its area in pressing the fight against all threats to the well-being of the people and its peaceful communities.

“We have come to realize that even with the magnitude of our recent battle against COVID-19 pandemic, another persistent virus emerged which has plagued the Filipinos communities for so long a time – the CPP-NPA virus. While we wanted to focus our efforts to help out people in preventing the local transmission of COVID-19, we cannot just turn a blind eye on the banditry and bloodlust of the CPP-NPA terrorists. Hence, we have stepped up our efforts and we will stop at nothing. There will be no let-up in our fight against our two-pronged enemy, the Corona Virus and the CPP-NPA Virus.” said Major General Vinoya.