Saturday, December 21, 2013

93 new Army soldiers get firearms

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 21): 93 new Army soldiers get firearms

The Cagayan De Oro City-based 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said it issued service weapons to 93 newly-recruited soldiers on Friday afternoon.

Present during the occasion were 4th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya and Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Grace Acain, who represented Gov. Yevgeny Emano.

Capt. Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the objective of the ceremonial entrustment of firearms is to emphasize that the firearms entrusted to them are to be used as a tool in protecting the rights of the Filipino people and in performing the other mandates of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“You have witnessed 93 new privates armed as additional protectors of our democracy for peace and development of Northern Mindanao,” Visaya said.

He also gave the new privates some reminders on being a disciplined soldier.

“We are not here wearing this uniform because we are born to be soldiers but because we chose to be one,” the 4th Infantry Division commander stressed.

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