3rd ID deploys battalion in ongoing Marawi conflict

MANILA-- As government forces move in to neutralize the remaining Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, the Capiz-based 3rd Infantry Division has deployed its 82nd Infantry Battalion on Saturday to help in the mopping-up operation.

Fighting in Marawi City broke out when government forces tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, a key ally of the terrorists, last May 23.

The unit was given the ceremonial send-off at the Iloilo International Airport, Cabatuan, Iloilo, unit public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Arnel Cabugon said in a statement.

He added the 82nd Infantry Division was deployed to Mindanao as follow-on-forces to augment Western Mindanao Command units engaged in the Marawi City conflict.

3rd Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Jon Aying told officers and personnel of the unit to focus, build teamwork and trust, and exhibit the desired military discipline at all times so that they could effectively work and fight as a team, squad, platoon, company and battalion as well.

We are doing this for God, our country and our people, he added.

The 82nd Infantry Battalion is commanded by Lt. Col. Vener Morga.

The unit's development support efforts in its former area of operations will be assumed by the 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company led by 1st Lt. Joseph Labrador.

Source: Philippines News Agency