COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — A battalion of battle-hardened Philippine Marines arrived at dusk Tuesday from various staging points in Sulu and Palawan but military officials quickly allayed fears they would be deployed to fight the Moro in Maguindanao.
Capt. Jo-Ann Penglay 6th Infantry Division spokesperson said the arrival of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 6 (MBLT6) “is just routine” and has nothing to do with the fighting in Maguindanao that left 44 policemen and at least ten Moro rebels dead.
“No..no they arrived here to replace a Marine Battalion that has been sent away for retraining, “ Penglay said.
The Marines arrived here in three sorties on board Philippine Air Force C130 plane. They arrived complete with their battle gear, including V-600 tanks. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)