New Marine batallion deployed in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 August 2011 17:13

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) has deployed a newly-retrained battalion of marine troops to the province of Sulu where the security forces are continuously pursuing the Abu Sayyaf bandits who are still holding captives five people there.

Deployed to the island province is the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6 (MBLT-6) headed by Lt. Col. Romy Dolojan, 4th Civil Relations Group (CRG) chief Lt. Col. Gamal Hayudini said Sunday.

Hayudini said the MBLT-6 troops, who have just completed a seven-month retraining, arrived Saturday at the port of Jolo, the capital town of Sulu. He said the MBLT-6 will be placed under the command of the 3rd Marine Brigade.

The MBLT-6 will occupy the area of responsibility of the troops from the MBLT-5, which will soon be redeployed to the province of Tawi-Tawi, Hayudini said.
“The retraining and rotation of marine battalions are in accordance with the PMCs Standard Operating Procedure for the improvement of personnel’s tactical skills and enhancement of their capabilities in order to provide security to the people and help the local government officials in maintaining peace and order and their development efforts in the province,” he said.

He stressed that the rotation policy of the PMC will not affect the preservation of the security efforts of the military forces in the province of Sulu.
This policy is done to enhance the marines’ competence in carrying out its sworn duty to maintain peace and order in the area, he added.

He further said that the support bestowed by the elected leaders of Sulu, especially Gov. Abdusakur Tan, to the military will greatly help soldiers achieve their mandate to safeguard the people in the province.

The marine troops stationed in the province of Sulu, in coordination with the police forces, are continuously tracking down the whereabouts of the five victims kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in separate occasions.

The victims are: Mohammad Nasaruddin Bin Saidin, 38, a Malaysian gecko trader; Biju Kolara Veetil, 36, an Indian national married to a Sulu native; Renato Panisales and Wennie Ferrer, a boat captain and assistant engineer, respectively, of Mega fishing firm; and Evangeline Taverisma, 55, a midwife.

Nasaruddin was kidnapped last May 8 in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan town, while Veetil, was abducted on June 22 in Barangay Tempok, Patikul municipality.
Panisales and Ferrer were kidnapped while they were fishing last March 19 near Menes Island, Panglima Tahil town, while Taverisma was seized last August 3 in Barangay Tagbak, Indanan municipality.