The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is redeploying a battalion of marine troops to beef up the coastal security in the province of Tawi-Tawi. Major Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman, on Wednesday said the Marine Battalion Landing Team-9 (MBLT-9) will be pulled out from Zamboanga City and will be deployed in Tawi-Tawi.
Tan said the MBLT-9 troops will depart this city following the send-off ceremony on Thursday (May 19) to be held at the headquarters of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem) in this city.
Tan stressed the deployment of the MBLT-9 troops to Tawi-Tawi is just a preemptive move of Westmincom citing there is no security threat in that province.
“Okay naman sa Tawi-Tawi kaya lang preemptive yong ginagawa natin. Bago may mangyari, dapat may puwersa na doon,” he added.
He said the deployment of the MBLT-9 to Tawi-Tawi is in accordance to the military doctrine that the marines should be based in islands or near the shorelines.
He said the Army’s 21st Infantry Battalion (IB) will replace the MBLT-9 in this city.
The AFP has deployed marine troops to help improve the peace and order situation in this city since the infamous 21-day siege in September 2013.
The first to be deployed in Zamboanga City was the MBLT-1, which was later replaced by the MBLT-9.
Tan said the 21st IB troops will be deployed in all the areas that will be vacated by the MBLT-9 troops.
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