ILIGAN CITY —– The Task Force Piniliay (Election) has sent off Monday morning (May 6) troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army for deployment to the different areas in Lanao del Norte and Iligan City to ensure security, peace and order before, during and after the May 13 elections.
The troops were composed of three battalions and three companies according to Colonel Alex Aduca, deputy brigade commander and the commander of Task Force Piniliay.
In a send off ceremony held inside the brigade's camp in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City, Aduca reminded the troops of three things: remain to be non-partisan and apolitical, ensure security of all constituents and ensure personal safety.
"Hindi tayo pumapanig kanino mang kandidato, panatilihin nating magiging neutral tayo para hindi tayo malagay sa alanganin," Aduca said in a message to the troops during the ceremony.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), he said, should maintain the apolitical stature because it is the strong foundation of being a professional organization," Aduca added.
The troops were also reminded to ensure the security, not only of the voters and the candidates but also of those who are serving the elections like the teachers as board of election tellers, the volunteers who will assist and those who will act as board of canvassers.
"Let us ensure that they are safe dahil kapag hindi natin magawa ang trabaho natin na magawa nila (election workers) ang kanilang trabaho, magkakaroon tayo ng failure of election. That is one of our mandates, to make sure that the conduct of election will be successful and this will be successful if there is no failure of elections in any precinct in our AOR (area of responsibility)," Aduca continue.
Aside from the safety of the public, the soldiers were also reminded to ensure their personal safety and their team mates.
"Panatilihin natin na tayo ay malakas at ipakita natin na tayo ay may kakayahan para mapanatili at ma-ensure ang successful conduct of election and in accomplishing our mission," Aduca said.
The 2nd Mechanized Brigade covers Iligan City, which has 44 barangays and 184,058 registered voters, and the entire Lanao del Norte which has 506 barangays with two legislative districts and 504,069 registered voters.