Battalion-sized military force to help in anti-drug war

Battalion-sized military force to help in anti-drug war

BAGUIO CITY — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Saturday announced that they are mulling the creation of a battalion-sized task force to help in the ongoing war against illegal drugs.

“We have no figures yet but we are talking about a battalion-sized formation,” Año said during the sidelights of the annual PMA Alumni Homecoming at Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City.

These troops will be augmenting the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in anti-drugs operations.

Año added that the AFP task force can also provide intelligence support and target packaging if needed.

Also if needed, the task force can be augmented by additional troops if needed.

Año said this is possible as task forces are flexible formations which can be reduced or augmented depending on the security requirements.

“That’s what it is, a task force depending on the requirement we can increase or we can decrease dependent on the situation,” he added.