Military commanders in the region have assured Caraganons that authorities would uphold the rule of law and respect human rights in the implementation of martial law.
Colonels Cristobal N. Zaragoza, commanding officer of the Army’s 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade based in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Franco Nemesio Gacal, commanding officer of the Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade based in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, said there is nothing to fear in areas where their units operate as the martial rule did not suspend the Constitution and the rule of law prevails.
The officials said all battalion commanders as well as other special forces all over the five provinces and six cities in Caraga region are already ordered to strictly follow the guidelines or the “do’s and don’ts under martial law.”
Zaragoza’s unit has jurisdiction over Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat provinces, while Gacal’s cover Surigao del Sur, and Agusan del Sur.
With the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government units, Zaragoza said the Army is enhancing security measures by setting up more checkpoints at entry and exit points to maintain peace and order in Caraga.
”This (checkpoints) is only to deter any threat (by) groups that may conduct hostile or offensive actions against civilians, business establishments, government installations and other vital facilities,” he said. By CLC