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Military grad is new head of Scout Ranger unit

AN ILONGGO Philippine Military Academy Class'91 graduate was installed as the new battalion commander of an elite force of the Philippine Army deployed here in central Negros.

Lieutenant Colonel Oriel Pangcog of Iloilo City was installed on Saturday as the new commander of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion based in La Granja, La Carlota City 
Pangcog who just completed the General Staff Course, a schooling required for an officer to become a battalion commander, started his military career as a Scout Ranger and spent his early years as a young lieutenant in Mindanao mostly in Agusan and Surigao provinces.

He said being an Ilonggo is an advantage, considering that most military officers assigned here are confronted with the problem on language barrier, especially in communicating with the local residents in the hinterlands of Negros.

Pangcog replaced Lieutenant Colonel Rodolfo Ileto who had a brief stint with the unit and has to go on GSC schooling.

Pangcog, who had a masters degree in Peace and Conflict studies which he took up at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, pointed out that his unit will be extending support to the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army of which they are under operational control.

He envisioned the unit and its troopers to be respected by their peers but feared by the enemy of the state and at the same time will serve the Negrenses in their desire for peace.

He said he has reminded every member of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion that, under his leadership, there should be no human rights violation.

Each member of the unit has to adhere to human rights to the rule of law and there should be no gray areas as far as these are concerned, Pangcog added. 

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Teresa D. Ellera | SunStar.Com.Ph | May 15, 2012 | Article Link

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