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Army’s 11th IB to return to Negros after 2 years

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After spending two years in Mindanao, the Philippine Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion is soon to return to Negros Island in the Visayas to fight the New People’s Army.

Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, commander of the AFP Central Command in the Visayas, said the 11IB should help fight the communist insurgency problem in the island.

Clement said the 11IB, which is presently based in Zamboanga City, is due to return to Negros Oriental end of May or early June 2019.

He said he is proposing to return the 11IB to its previous headquarters in Guihulngan City, in coordination with the concerned local government unit.

Recent attacks by the NPA had been in the areas of Guihulngan City and its neighboring areas, including Moises Padilla and Isabela towns in Negros Occidental.

The unit was transferred to Mindanao two years ago. Its return will bolster the four Army battalions now in Negros Island, including the 94th Infantry Battalion in Negros Oriental and the 15th, 62nd and 79th IBs in Negros Occidental.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said the return of 11IB to Negros Oriental is a welcome development.

“It will help fast track our objectives of clearing Negros Oriental of armed insurgents sooner than anticipated and desire to make the whole Region 7 insurgency-free,” he said.