On November 15, Philippine Army commanding general Lieutenant General Cirilito Elola Sobejana visited Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista in Busbus, Jolo in Sulu to give awards and commend the troops in connection with the successful conduct of operation against the ASG bandits that led to the neutralization of seven (7) Abu Sayyaf Group members in a sea clash near Sulare Island earlier this month.
Additionally, said operation resulted to the recovery of numerous high powered firearms and other war materials that are being used by the bandits in perpetrating atrocities. Allegedly, if not foiled in the said clash, the ASG bandits could have spread and extended their violence and terroristic acts in the Province of Tawi-Tawi, as revealed by intelligence operatives.
LtGen Sobejana personally pinned the awards of four (4) gold cross and two (2) silver cross to Officers and soldiers who directly participated at said operation. The awarding ceremony was assisted by BGen Manuel Sequitin Assistant Division Commander of 11th Infantry “Alakdan” Division, and Col Giovanni T Franza Assistant Division Commander for Retirees and Reservist Affairs.
After the presentation of awards, LtGen Sobejana handed over a reward money whom he had mentioned was given by the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte as his gesture of satisfaction to the good job made by his soldiers. The 2.5 million cash reward was received by BGen Manuel Sequitin in behalf of the whole Joint Task Force Sulu troops and 11th Infantry Division.
The Commanding General Philippine Army expressed his personal gratitude in the success of the whole Division and to the Joint Task Force Sulu in accomplishing the mandate of bringing peace and security within the area of operation particularly the Province of Sulu.
“I came here to personally congratulate and thank you for a job well done and to deliver the message of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. I convey his congratulatory note and best wishes to all of you. He gave the cash reward to inspire you more in achieving higher goals that is no less the accomplishment of respective mandates and tasks by every individual member of Team Alakdan. I encourage everyone to continue maintaining in each self the ethos and epitome of a true Philippine Army soldier who have no less than the courage and should have a mind of a warrior and a heart of a peacekeeper.” Says LtGen Cirilito E Sobejana PA. 11ID