By Bohol Standard
By: Ven rebo Arigo
The military has intensified its intelligence and counter-insurgency works as it reported the rebels to be attempting to regain grounds in 21 Bohol towns with 50 target barangays.
Government forces have monitored the leftist insurgents to have used semi-legal teams (SLTs) as fronts in recovering former mass bases.
While there are sightings yet to be verified and validated, enemy activities have been reduced which the military attributed to the government’s response to STL activities.
Col. John Bonafos of the Philippine Army 802nd Infantry Brigade pressed to address the issues and concerns in the marked barangays to avoid their exploitation by the rebel fronts.
This even as the military assessed the province to have “remained insurgent-free” based on the “present peace and stability condition.”
In the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting during the province’s eighth HEAT Caravan in Talibon on Tuesday, Bonafos identified the 50 target barangays in identical seven towns per district.
In the First District, they are barangays Cansibuan, Canlaas and Quinapon-an in Antequera; Datag Norte and Sur, Boyog Norte and San Roque in Balilihan; Cabayugan, Cabudburan, Sampoangon and Sohoton in Calape; Maitum, Ambuan and Liboron in Catigbian; Canangcaan in Corella; Genomoan, Campatod, Bagacay Saang, Bagacay Katipunan and Bagacay Kawayan in Loon; and Badiang, Bahay-bahay, and Cambuac Sur and Norte in Sikatuna
The recovery targets in the Second District are barangays San Carlos, Tabuk, Cabatuan and Carbon in Danao; San Roque and Kabasakan in Sagbayan; Zamora in Talibon; Sto. Niño in San Miguel; San Vicente in Trinidad; and Pangpang in Ubay.
In the Third District are barangays Katipunan in Alicia; Rizal, Janlud and San Jose in Batuan; Dagohoy and Cambigsi in Bilar; Buenavista and Villaflor in Carmen; Lungsodaan, Canawa and Cogtong in Candijay; San Jose in Mabini; and Cansungay and Bagakay in Pilar.
The PPOC meeting in Talibon was followed three days later by the presentation of the peace and order situation in Central Visayas during the meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) at Bohol Tropics here on Friday. (See separate story.)
It was the second RPOC meeting and the first ever held in Bohol under its new chairman, Gov. Edgar Chatto.
Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim and Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II led the PPOC meeting in Talibon since the governor, after opening the HEAT Caravan there, had to fly to Manila and receive his Dangal ng Bayan Award at Malacañang.