Marines diverted from war on terror in Sulu to fight COVID-19 in Luzon

MANILA, Philippines—A Marine battalion meant originally for anti-terror duty in Sulu province had been sent to Metro Manila instead to reinforce soldiers and policemen already deployed to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte’s enhanced community quarantine against the coronavirus pandemic.


The 12th Marine Battalion would be added to members of the Naval Task Group-National Capital Region already manning checkpoints in the provinces of Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and the cities...