A hundred more policemen are set to arrive in Basilan in the next few days to help local authorities fight the Abu Sayyaf and other threat groups.

The policemen, all members of the Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Regional Public Safety Battalion, were sent off in a ceremony in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Thursday morning.

They will be augmenting local police units in Basilan where spate of kidnappings and other lawlessness committed by the Abu Sayyaff and other threat groups are prevalent, Chief Supt. Artemio Hicban, Mimaropa regional police chief said.

“Fear of the unknown and uncertainty is but natural… Be proud that you were chosen for this mission so that when you return, you may tell great stories about your assignment in Mindanao,” Hicban told the contingent during the send-off ceremony. (John Roson)

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