Battalion celebrates Army anniversary at former NPA stronghold

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A Philippine Army battalion has commemorated the Army’s 123rd Founding Anniversary in a former stronghold of NPA.

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The 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion held the celebration at Sitio Kamansi, Brgy Banglay, Lagonglong Misamis Oriental March 23, 2020.

Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L. Canatoy led the event.

53IB said the flag raising ceremony was conducted simultaneously at Headquarters 58th IB in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, with the theme “123rd Years of gallantry and Dedication in Serving the People and Securing the Land”.

According to 53IB, the residents were thankful that they have finally saw the light and future on their ancestral domain.

“They have come to realize that with their concerted effort of unity will accomplished development and peace in their area. Moreover, the flag raising also represents the liberation of Sitio Kamansi from the hands of NPA members who were terrorizing them which prompted them to evacuate and leave everything they have,” the Army unit said.

“I am thankful for the families who stayed here at Sitio Kamansi. Your stay here shows that there is still hope for us to restore your community. Always remember that the Philippine Army, the 58IB together with all the government agencies are always here to support and help you with all the assistance we can give. Let us cooperate and we can bring back the peace and harmony of your beloved place. For the rest of the community who evacuated, we encourage you to return home and enjoy the liberation of Sitio Kamansi,” Lieutenant Colonel Canatoy said.

“Addressing the issues and concern of the So Kamansi of Barangay Banglay will eliminate 80% of NPA affectation in the region. Together, let us join hands in extending and continue to work for success will follows. And let us not forget the heroism of our fellow soldiers who sacrificed themselves with the aim to attain world class Army that is a source of national pride,” 4th Infantry Division commanding general Major General Franco Nemesio M. Gacal said.