AFP vows to ‘wipe out’ private armed groups in Samar

AFP vows to ‘wipe out’ private armed groups in Samar


The fight against the insurgency continues months before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte steps down as president of the republic.


The Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division has vowed to eradicate private armies in Samar provinces following recent killings and firefights with government troops involving armed men allegedly hired by local politicians.


According to Maj. Gen. Edgardo de Leon, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, the fight against private armed groups (PAGs) will be relentless as they work on ensuring peaceful and orderly elections this year.

Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Battalion during their welcome ceremonies in Samar on Feb. 7, 2022 after serving in remote communities of Davao City for six years. One of their primary tasks is to hunt down private armed groups in Samar.

“We will be steadfast in dealing with private armed groups by enforcing election laws so that everyone will peacefully exercise their rights to vote. We will be relentless in hunting private armies,” the military official said in a phone interview.

The official asked the Army’s 3rd Infantry Battalion, the newly-assigned unit in the region to make dismantling of private armies a priority.

The battalion, assigned to eradicate insurgents in Davao City for six years, is considered the region's maneuver battalion.

De Leon made the pronouncement after soldiers encountered with PAGs in Calbayog City, Samar 
















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