26 Jul 135 army reservists called to backup Martial Law peacekeeping task force
After more than two months when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao, 135 army reservists composed of 130 non-commissioned personnel and five officers were called to active service yesterday, July 25, to back up the military’s peacekeeping task force.
In an article from Sunstar.com, a handover ceremony was held to formally introduce the reserve troops to the Charlie Company of the 1005th Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Brgy. Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
Members of the reserve company came from either school-based Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and who has previously served as active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to the Captain Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), majority of the reservists will be assigned to guard at checkpoints and other engagements in the community.
He also said that the reservists will render service in Northern Mindanao depending on the time duration assigned to them which may last throughout Martial Law or until the rehabilitation of Marawi City has started.