Zamboanga del Sur – The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) continues to advocate peaceful and orderly elections by participating in unity walks, interfaith prayer rallies, and peace covenant signing activities in Zamboanga del Sur.
The activities were also participated by the COMELEC, community leaders, Philippine National Police (PNP) counterparts, and representatives from the Health and Religious sectors.
In a statement, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said that 53IB will remain apolitical in doing its mandate to facilitate a peaceful election.
It can be remembered that earlier this year, the Commanding General, Philippine Army (CGPA) Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr has directed Army units to dismantle private armed groups (PAGs). These PAGs pose significant threat to the conduct of peaceful elections on May. The CGPA also reminded Army troops to remain apolitical while carrying out their respective duties.
In connection with the CGPA’s guidance, Lt. Col. Herrera also reminded the Matapat Troops to be vigilant and firm in dismantling PAGs in Zamboanga del Sur.
“Keeping and maintaining a peaceful and orderly elections is a shared responsibility. The 53IB shall continue to carry out its mandate while remaining neutral and apolitical. In close partnership with our PNP counterparts, the 53IB shall maintain peace in the province by not tolerating the existence of Private Armed Groups, ” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
“The 53IB will ensure the safety and security of the people in practicing their right to suffrage,” Lt. Col. Herrera added.
(News & photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry division, PA)