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132 police from Luzon starts returning home

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan De Oro City: A contingent of about 132 policemen and officers who were assigned to augment the police force in Northern Mindanao at the height of the Marawi siege are returning home to their units in Luzon, the police regional command announced Saturday.

Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, the spokesperson of the police regional command here, said that Chief Supt. Timoteo G. Pacleb , the police regional director in Northern Mindanao, formally led the send-off ceremony at the regional police office (PRO 10) here Friday.

He said that the contingent is composed of elements from the police regional office in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba, Laguna (PRO4A) and the police regional office in Camp Olivas Pampanga (PRO3) who were sent to Northern Mindanao to augment the police force who were securing the cities of Iligan and Cagayan De Oro when Martial Law was declared in May following the Marawi siege.

During the send-off ceremony, Pacleb also lead the distribution of “letter of commendation” to the 61 PRO3 and 71 PRO 4A contingents, Gonda said.

In his short message, Pacleb said that the policemen and the officers of the delegation would “always be our heroes.”

“Maraming salamat sa inyong serbisyo, sa inyong tapang at malasakit para sa bayan. Maraming salamat sa inyong tulong para sa kapayapaan dito sa Northern Mindanao” (Thank very much for the services and the bravery for the sake of the country. Thank you very much for helping in maintaining peace in Northern Mindanao), Pacleb said.

Gonda said that the contingent from PRO3 departs on Saturday on board a C-130 military plane, while the contingent from the PRO4A would follow in the coming days. He said that the PRO4A contingent is still at the regional police command here.

The PRO 3 regional police office is based in Camp Olivas, Pampanga covers the regional provinces of Region 1, 2, and 3 in Northern Luzon while the PRO 4A regional police office Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna covers the CALABARZON region.

The war in Marawi, perpetrated by the local terrorists led by the Maute clan and supporters of the Iran-Syria, Islamic State (ISIS), an international terror group, which started on May 23, 2017 officially five months later on Oct. 23, 2017, following the death of Isnilon Hapilon, the officially designated “Emir” of ISIS in Southeast Asia by the Middle East-based ISIS, was killed by state forces together with his local counterpart, Omarkhayam Maute.

President Rodrigo Duterte officially announced the cessation of hostilities in Marawi City and ordered the governmet’s various agencies and the military to lead the reconstruction and the rehabilitation of the Islamist City from the rubbles of war.

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