New 3ID chief warns Panay, Negros rebels: ‘WE’LL HUNT, HIT YOU HARD’

first_imgHe was also the Chief of Morale andWelfare Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, J1, andAssistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, 8th Infantry Division,Philippine Army. (With a report from thePhilippine News Agency/PN) Vinoya is a member of the PhilippineMilitary Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987. Vinoya replaced Major General DinohDolina who officially retired yesterday. The turnover of command was held atCamp Peralta, the headquarters of the 3ID in Jamindan, Capiz. He had served various significantpositions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to include being Chiefof Staff of the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command. Meanwhile, Major General Dinoh Dolinathanked “allthe people in the region, the local governments and stakeholders for thesupport given me for nearly two years of leadership here.” His older brother was Police ChiefSuperintendent Asher Dolina, a graduate of PMA Class 1984 and Brigadier GeneralTirso Dolina, Philippine Army chaplain. Dolina had been chief of the Army’sOffice of the Legislative Affairs, General Headquarters. Dolina was a seasoned combat officerwho rose from the ranks, being a platoon leader, company commander, battalioncommander, and later as brigade commander of the 802nd Infantry Brigade inOrmoc City, Leyte. Good governance is key to ending therebellion, he stressed, thus mayors and governors must “do their part…byensuring that their mandate is carried out as expected.” “Iam calling the leaders and members of the NPA to surrender now or suffer thefull force of the Spearhead Troopers,” he said. “We will do our best to meet the 2020deadline,” said Vinoya. Vinoya vowed tocontinue the programs of previous 3ID commanders and sustain the gains made,particularly in the anti-insurgency campaign.center_img “If you don’t surrender, expect morecombat encounters in the next few weeks. All military units in our area ofresponsibility will be utilized to hunt you and hit you very hard,” he warnedthe rebels. To the rebels, he further said, “Youstill have a chance to leave the armed movement and go back to the fold of lawenjoying true freedom and various government basic services together with yourloved ones.” Hebecame the 3ID commander on Dec. 29, 2017. Asthen assistant division commander, he replaced the retiring Major General JonAying (now mayor of Sara, Iloilo). “Iam determined to accomplish the mission given me using the full force of thePhilippine Army. We are really serious in ending the insurgency. It is a menaceto society,” he said. A native of Palo, Leyte, he was amember of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1985 had two other brothers inthe armed service. “We must be more aggressive, proactiveand purposive in our efforts,” said Vinoya, citing President Rodrigo Duterte’sExecutive Order 70 on the whole-of-nation approach to end the insurgency. He appealed for support from localchief executives and the public in general. The 3ID troops must deal with sevenrebel fronts operating in 87 barangays, said Vinoya, who had served ascommander of Task Force Negros that ran after rebels in that island prior tobecoming the 3ID assistant division commander. The Communist Party of the Philippines– New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) has two options only, according to Vinoya:surrender and live peacefully or die for the “wrong principles.” ILOILO City – The target is to end theinsurgency by 2020, according to Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, new commanderof the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) which operates in theislands of Panay and Negros.last_img

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