PA's 10th Infantry Division units reminded on ROE

October 26, 2012 10:53 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 26 – To ensure that no civilians are harmed during encounters between soldiers and the enemies, units of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division based in Compostela Valley are reminded to always carry copies of their rules of engagements (ROE) to ensure that all their actions are consistent with government policy.

Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, head of the 10th Civil Military Operations Battalion, said that firing and fighting back is the appropriate response when defending one's self and companion when caught in imminent attack.

He also emphasized that nothing in the ROE limits the rights of the soldier to take action to defend himself and his unit.

On Jan. 1, 2011, Philippine Army commander Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista ordered the issuance of two ID-sized laminated ROE cards, translated in English and in vernacular, to all troops in the field and in headquarters as part of the new counter-insurgency campaign "Bayanihan" implemented by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Obligado also presented the code of conduct mandating what to do in times of combat; having wounded enemy in the field or arrested enemy and during civilian contact.

“This will give our men, especially those in the field, direction during operation and confidence to take action in cases of any of these circumstances,” he added. (PNA)



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