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New battalion deployed to Masbate for poll peacekeeping


A new battalion was activated by the Philippine Army to help maintain the peace during the elections and run after communist insurgents in Masbate.

The 85th Infantry Battalion, headed by Col. Lope Dagoy, is composed of 250 officers and men, 190 of whom served with United Nations peacekeeping teams in Haiti and Liberia.

Dagoy, the former commander of the Philippine peacekeeping force in Haiti, arrived last month with the battalion from the Caribbean nation. Other members came from the Army's 2nd Infantry Battalion.

The new battalion "will be able to run after partisan armed groups in Masbate in line with the AFP’s goal of ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, quoting Dagoy.

“They will now be assigned to Masbate as part of the military’s duty to assist the Comelec in the upcoming elections, applying the principles of peacekeeping they learned from their previous assignment," added Burgos.

The battalion was sent off by Army vice commander Maj. Gen. Romulo Supapo from the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio. They will proceed to Sangley Point in Cavite where a Navy ship will take them to Masbate.

The new battalion is intended to "address the demands for additional maneuver units that will boost and sustain the military’s operational tempo in attaining decisive victory against the communist terrorists and assure a peaceful and credible conduct of the May 2010 elections in the province of Masbate," Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres said.

The Philippine military has vowed to crush the communist New People's Army on or before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps down on June 30.

The new battalion has boosted the Army's confidence that "it would be able to sustain the winning stance in the fight against insurgency with the end goal of delivering lasting peace and stability in the country," Torres added.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales have expressed concerns regarding developments in Masbate owing to election-related killings. - RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV
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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 02:57:02 AM »

New battalion deployed to Masbate for poll peacekeeping


A new battalion was activated by the Philippine Army to help maintain the peace during the elections and run after communist insurgents in Masbate.

The 85th Infantry Battalion, headed by Col. Lope Dagoy, is composed of 250 officers and men, 190 of whom served with United Nations peacekeeping teams in Haiti and Liberia.

Dagoy, the former commander of the Philippine peacekeeping force in Haiti, arrived last month with the battalion from the Caribbean nation. Other members came from the Army's 2nd Infantry Battalion.

The new battalion "will be able to run after partisan armed groups in Masbate in line with the AFP’s goal of ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, quoting Dagoy.

“They will now be assigned to Masbate as part of the military’s duty to assist the Comelec in the upcoming elections, applying the principles of peacekeeping they learned from their previous assignment," added Burgos.

The battalion was sent off by Army vice commander Maj. Gen. Romulo Supapo from the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio. They will proceed to Sangley Point in Cavite where a Navy ship will take them to Masbate.

The new battalion is intended to "address the demands for additional maneuver units that will boost and sustain the military’s operational tempo in attaining decisive victory against the communist terrorists and assure a peaceful and credible conduct of the May 2010 elections in the province of Masbate," Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres said.

The Philippine military has vowed to crush the communist New People's Army on or before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps down on June 30.

The new battalion has boosted the Army's confidence that "it would be able to sustain the winning stance in the fight against insurgency with the end goal of delivering lasting peace and stability in the country," Torres added.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales have expressed concerns regarding developments in Masbate owing to election-related killings. - RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV


when was the bn activated? today MBLT 12 was activated at BNS... :shock:

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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 05:44:54 AM »
Good News on MBLT-12's activation, Sir Jepot!  :bravo:

I was chasing the brownout schedule when posting the thread starter, so only one article (from GMA-News) was posted.  

The activation of 85IB could either be today or yesterday, since the UN contingent were only given recognition last Monday (Apr 12).


Here's another article from today's issue of Manila Bulletin
http://www.mb.com.ph/node/252710/army-battalion-tapped-en

Army battalion tapped to ensure peace in election hot spots
By AARON B. RECUENCO
April 14, 2010, 5:21pm

An army battalion has been tasked to secure the holding of peaceful elections in the Bicol region, particularly in the troubled island province of Masbate, Philippine Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres disclosed.

The battalion is composed of some 250 members of the Philippine contingent to Liberia and Haiti.

After playing the role of peacemakers abroad, the newly-activated Army's 85th Infantry Battalion its share of peacemaking in the country and will concentrate more on hunting down communist rebels and dismantling partisan armed groups in election hot spots in Bicol.

It is headed by Colonel Lope Dagoy, who led the Philippine contingent to Haiti.

"The battalion is composed of 250 men coming from the 10th Philippine Contingent to Haiti, 12th Philippine Contingent to Liberia, and personnel from Headquarters 2nd Infantry Division," said Torres.

It would be recalled that Philippine troops in Haiti gained world recognition for their rescue and relief efforts when Haiti was jolted by a strong earthquake early this year.

“The activation of the new battalion is the government's response to address the demands for additional maneuver units that will boost and sustain the military’s operational tempo in attaining decisive victory against the communist terrorists and assure a peaceful and credible conduct of the May 2010 elections in the province of Masbate," Torres explained.

Masbate has been a perennial security headache of the police and military during elections, what with the series of killings in the past involving known influential political clans in the province.

The deployment of new troops in Masbate from the Army will augment the hundreds of elite policemen who were earlier deployed in the province to dismantle at least 10 verified partisan armed groups in the province.

"With the activation of this new battalion, the Philippine Army is confident that it would be able to sustain the winning stance in the fight against insurgency with the end goal of delivering lasting peace and stability in the country," said Torres.
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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2010, 05:51:51 AM »
...official press release

http://www.army.mil.ph/press_release/2010/140410.htm
Official Philippine Army Press Release
Date Released: 14 April 2010

ARMY ACTIVATES NEW BATTALION


FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila - In an effort to further strengthen its Internal Security Operations (ISO) campaign and the Army's Advocacy for Credible Elections, the Philippine Army activated the 85th Infantry Battalion to be deployed in the province of Masbate in Bicol Region.

Philippine Army Vice Commander Major General Romulo C Supapo led the activation and send-off ceremony of the 85th IB at the Army headquarters this morning.

The newly-activated battalion is under the supervision of the 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Capinpin,Tanay Rizal and will be deployed in Masbate. The battalion, under the leadership of Colonel Lope Dagoy, is composed of 250 men coming from the 10th Philippine Contingent to Haiti, 12th Philippine Contingent to Liberia, and personnel from Headquarters 2nd Infantry Division.

The activation of the new battalion is the government, the Defense Department, and the AFP's response to address the demands for additional maneuver units that will boost and sustain the military's operational tempo in attaining decisive victory against the communist terrorists and assure a peaceful and credible conduct of the May 2010 elections in the province of Masbate.

In his speech, Maj. Gen. Supapo urged the officers and personnel of the 85th IB to carry out and realize the thrusts of the unit.

"As we enter in the final phase of our campaign against insurgency, we must give our best effort and work hard to deliver the winning shot for the AFP. Similarly, this coming May, the Filipino nation expects our patriotic commitment to the role of ensuring the conduct of peaceful and honest elections…We must remain non-partisan and assure the voting public of a safe and peaceful elections. The people of Masbate expects your active role in protecting the sanctity of the ballot," said Maj. Gen. Supapo.

With the activation of this new battalion, the Philippine Army is confident that it would be able to sustain the winning stance in the fight against insurgency with the end goal of delivering lasting peace and stability in the country. #

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84th IB has no press records yet of being activated, but I think the papers for this is already in.
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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 06:33:12 PM »
Ex-UN peacekeepers comprise new Army battalion deployed to Masbate
By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) Updated April 15, 2010 12:00 AM
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=566496&publicationSubCategoryId=67

MANILA, Philippines - A new battalion composed largely of former United Nations
(UN) peacekeepers was activated yesterday by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide security to the province of Masbate.

AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the 85th Infantry Battalion is composed of 250 soldiers, 190 of whom were members of UN peacekeeping teams deployed in Liberia and Haiti.

“They will now be assigned to Masbate as part of the military’s duty to assist the Comelec (Commission on Elections) in the upcoming May elections, applying the principles of peacekeeping they learned from their previous assignment,” he said.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres Jr. said the battalion, which will be supervised by the 2nd Infantry Division, will also sustain the military’s efforts to address the communist insurgency in Masbate.

The battalion will be led by Col. Lope Dagoy, who headed the 10th UN peacekeeping team to Haiti. The team was in the Caribbean country when a 7.0 earthquake killed thousands of people last January.

The other members of the battalion came from the 12th Philippine contingent to Liberia and the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division based at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal.

Maj. Gen. Romulo Supapo, Army vice commander, directed the new battalion to ensure a peaceful conduct of the May 10 elections and maintain strong ties with all stakeholders in Masbate.

“Develop and maintain strong and sincere partnership with the local government and other inter-agency partners. They are our strong link that could greatly help us in attaining our common vision of securing a peaceful and developed community,” he said during the send-off ceremonies for the battalion at Fort Bonifacio yesterday.

“We must remain non-partisan and assure the voting public of a safe and peaceful election. The people of Masbate expect your active role in protecting the sanctity of the ballot,” he added.

From Taguig, the battalion proceeded to Sangley Point in Cavite where they boarded Navy ships.

Last February, the defense department cited the prevailing lawlessness in Masbate, where private armies are said to be prevalent.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales said the province is suffering from “politicized law enforcement” and a “paralyzed criminal justice system.”

Local security forces have reported that local politicians are expanding their armed groups to prepare for the upcoming polls. They are said to be recruiting armed men from other parts of the Bicol region, Metro Manila, Iloilo and some parts of Mindanao to beef up their security.

Violent incidents continued to take place in the province even after the signing of a peace covenant by local candidates last February.
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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 10:38:04 PM »
a 250 man battalion? ain't that a bit undermanned? isn't a battalion supposed to be at least 500 EP's and NCO's and Officers? makes you wonder how understrength the other battalions are.... (|8| of course that's an OPSEC issue but it does affect the operations on the ground.

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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2010, 09:44:02 AM »
That's the initial, remember the post where PA is recruiting more soldiers? Fill-up will come in as the BN progresses.

Besides may PNP and other PA troops there.
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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion (2ID); 87th INF BN for (8ID)
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2010, 08:05:22 PM »
New Army battalion formed for Eastern Visayas 
PHILSTAR
By Alexis Romero  (The Philippine Star) Updated April 18, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Army has activated a new battalion to intensify its internal security operations in Eastern Visayas.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Armand Rico, spokesman of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said the 87th Infantry Battalion (IB) will contribute to efforts to curb local terrorist groups and ensure peaceful and credible elections in May 10.

Dubbed as “Hinirang,” the battalion will be headed by Lt. Col. Leo Lorenzo Madrońal and will cover the provinces of Samar and Leyte. It will be supervised by the 8th ID.

“With the advent of the 87th IB, the sons and daughters of Samar and Leyte will be more secured and given more assurance that the campaign against local terrorist groups will be strengthened for the ultimate attainment of peace toward development,” said 8th ID commander Maj. Gen. General Arthur Tabaquero.

Tabaquero also called on the troops to pursue their mandate despite limited resources.

“The only thing needed to make your mission accomplished is your best… the issue on scarcity is always present, it is only up to you to further advance your vision and mission to achieve your goals with the presence of limitation,” he said.

The “Hinirang” Battalion was activated a day after the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced that it had formed a new battalion to provide security to Masbate.

The 85th Infantry Battalion deployed to Masbate is composed of 250 soldiers, 190 of whom served in United Nations peacekeeping teams in Liberia and Haiti.

Meanwhile, Rico said 104 newly appointed privates have been deployed to the 8th ID.

“These young blooded soldiers were proportionally distributed to all field units under the 8th ID to fill up the strength vacuumed by some personnel who retired from the military service,” he said.

During a send-off ceremony for the new privates last Tuesday, Tabaquero reminded the young soldiers about the importance of discipline as well as the need to uphold human rights.

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Re: Phil Army activates 85th INF Battalion (2ID); 87th INF BN for (8ID)
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010, 10:35:17 PM »
Nice, any information for the 84th & 86th?
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