New maneuver battalion in Panay to add zeal in fight vs insurgency

first_imgHe encouraged the troops to give theirbest during the said training as they are expected to enhance their operationalcapability and conduct CSP in the grassroots communities. Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot, aformer commander of the 61st IB, will lead the 12IB, Pancito said. “One of the constraints that we cannotsolve, the Panay part is we really lack the strength, the operations to do so,”he said. Major General Eric Vinoya, commander ofthe Army’s 3ID, said the 12IB is expected to be at the top shape after thetraining. The training of the 12IB, composed of 19officers and 482 enlisted personnel, has formally started on Monday. Panay Island and the island province ofGuimaras are covered by only one maneuver battalion which is the 61st InfantryBattalion (61IB) with its headquarters in Miagao town, Iloilo. The 61st IB iscomposed of almost 500 troops. “We have seen the lack of troops here inPanay. We have a deadline to beat (to end insurgency) that is supposed tohappen this year. If not, hopefully at the end of the term of the President,”Pancito said. The 12IB will have six weeks of trainingat the Battalion Retraining Facilities (BRF) in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army in Panay Island will soon have freshlegs to step up its fight against insurgency as the 501-strong 12th InfantryBattalion (12IB) undergoes organizational and Community Support Program (CSP)training. In the meantime, the 12IB will be facedwith “low equipment readiness” as the process of converting them into amaneuver battalion is quite similar to creating a new infantry battalion. Captain Cenon Pancito III, thespokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said in an interview Thursdaythat the 12IB troopers are seen to boost the fight against the Communist Partyof the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Panay Island. The 12IB used to be a “cadre” battalion,or the one handling administrative requirements of the Citizen Armed ForceGeographical Unit. “Give your best shot during the trainingfor you are doing this to prepare yourselves and your unit in performing andbringing your mandate to the next level. This time, you will not only serve theVisayans but will fulfill their fervent desire for an insurgency-freecommunity,” Vinoya said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Pancito said they will be converted tomaneuver battalion that will now include foot soldiers. “Your equipment also came from otherexisting battalions; this is why you can expect low equipment readiness for themeantime. But the point is, you can look at this as a problem, a challenge, oran opportunity,” Vinoya said, adding that the 12IB can be creative and get awayfrom established norms that have been leading the army to mediocrity. The troops will dedicate four weeks foroperational training and two weeks of Community Support Program (CSP) training. Major General Eric Vinoya (right), commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, rallies the troops of the 12th Infantry Battalion (12IB) during the start of their organizational training on Feb. 3. The 12IB will be converted to a maneuver battalion, which will provide Panay Island with more foot soldiers to fight insurgency. 3ID PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICElast_img read more

Neymar fires PSG to UCL quarter-finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Paris St Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in an empty stadium due to coronavirus fears on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. Neymar and Juan Bernat scored before halftime to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit and send the French champions into the last eight for the first time since 2016 as Dortmund finished with 10 men after Emre Can was sent off in the dying minutes. PSG made it past the last 16 after painful exits at the same stage in the last two years. They let slip a 4-0 advantage in a 6-5 aggregate defeat by Barcelona in 2017 and lost to Manchester United on away goals after beating the English side 2-0 at Old Trafford 12 months ago. PSG were without captain Thiago Silva, who had not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, while Kylian Mbappe started on the bench after suffering from a sore throat. The home side dominated possession and had the first clear chance when Edinson Cavani’s cross shot from Di Maria’s through ball was deflected by keeper Roman Buerki. Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 28th minute as he headed home Angel Di Maria’s free kick for his 35th goal in 57 matches, making his presence count after missing the return leg against United through injury last season. Bernat doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime by flicking Sarabia’s attempt past Buerki. PSG pressed high after the break while Erling Haaland, who scored a double in the first leg, never looked likely to add to his 10 Champions League goals this season. Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel made way for Julian Brandt and Giovanni Reyna as Dortmund coach Lucien Favre looked to freshen up his attacking line and PSG were suddenly on the back foot. A brawl erupted two minutes from time after Can fouled Neymar and pushed the Brazilian to the ground. Can was sent off while Di Maria picked up a yellow card which means the Argentine will be suspended for the first leg of PSG’s quarter-final.Tags: Borrusia DortmundChampions LeagueEmre CanNeymarParis St. Germainlast_img read more