The Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 (MBLT-12) sailed out of Palawan on Tuesday, for a “retraining” in Manila before its next deployment.
The MBLT-12 had been deployed in Palawan for over eight years, during which time it was activated as a battalion by the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).
Captain Jordan Mijares, 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe) spokesperson, said the retraining is a “usual routine” of the PMC to help enhance the capability of the battalion before their deployment to another area.
“Lahat ng battalion ay nagre-retraining para ma-reprovision ang battalion. Ang mga personnel ng battalion ay mag-a-acquire sila ng bagong skills regarding sa core competency ng marines na warfighting bago mai-redeploy sa kanilang bagong unit assignment,” Mijares said.
Vice Admiral Rene Medina, Western Command (WESCOM) commander, thanked the MBLT-12 for their role in maintaining law and order in the province.
Medina said the unit may be deployed to Sulu after its retraining.
“Halos lahat ng nagre-retraining ay napupunta sa Sulu but I personally know the accomplishments of our Marines in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi. With your expertise and capabilities, we know you can perform and accomplish your mission,” he said during the send-off ceremony.
On June 30, the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 (MBLT-3) arrived in Palawan to take over the internal security operations (ISO) from the outgoing unit based in Brgy. Minara, Roxas town.