8th ID: Samar remains
a big challenge in insurgency
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
Samar – Samar remains a big challenge to the army when it
comes to crushing insurgency.
Commanding General of
8th Infantry Division (8th ID) Arthur Tabaquero said in a press
conference on Friday, September 18, 2009 aired at DYMS.
officials assured Samarnons that it is on the right timing in its goal
of crushing insurgency, still Samar remains a big challenge for the
army, Col. Alexander Cabales deputy commander chimed in.
The most recent NPA
attacks like the attack in Cancaiyas, Basey, the murder of Fr. Cecilio
Lucero, and the attack of one army element of 543rd Engineer Brigade
kept the army reeling.
Despite the attack to
non-army combatants, the army said Tabaquero, will continue to
construct infra projects like those of the Kalayaan sa Barangay
Program and that attacks will never hinder the developmental projects
envisioned by PGMA.
The army, said
Tabaquero, right now shoulders the medical needs of the NPA wounded
and captured in the encounter with the 543rd Engineer Brigade.
Tabaquero offered to
Samar’s officials to emulate Bohol and Gov. Enrico Aumentado’s Team
He added that the
transformation of Bohol did not happen overnight, that like any
also suffered dark days but Aumentado’s political will paif odd
As to the NPA
atrocities, Cabales said the NPAs would like to project a ‘force to
reckon’ with so that come elections, they will still be given ‘permit
to campaign fees’ a clear milking cow of the leftists, he averred.
Presently, the 8th ID,
said Tabaquero, continues to push civil military operations and
continues to reach out for a good relationship.
He then urged the
local chief executives to help them, by providing basic services to
the influenced barangays and to the people to support the anti
insurgency campaign of the Arroyo government.