Fort Magsaysay to step up security after Balikatan robbery

MANILA, Philippines – Security measures at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija will be heightened after four US soldiers participating in the Balikatan exercises lost their belongings.

“The whole security measure of the camp is being adjusted to fit the requirement of the Balikatan forces. It is sad to note that bad elements took advantage of the situation and grabbed the opportunity to steal the personal belongings of US forces,” Maj. Gen. Glorioso Miranda, chief of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) said.

Miranda said the security measures are part of the overall contingency plan to prevent similar incidents.

He said the measures are meant not only to protect the soldiers but also to secure nearby barangays.

The robbery occurred on April 9 around 1 a.m. in a building within the Special Operations Command Village, a report by the 7th ID military police showed.

A mobile phone, a pair of military boots, three pairs of rubber shoes, a wallet containing a credit card, a US Army military ID, a pair of slippers and P2,000 and $2,150 cash were reported lost.

Capt. Mark Ruelos, spokesman for the Army’s 7th ID, said the stolen items were recovered on April 18 and turned over to the US Army the following day.

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