Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bukidnon town folks laud soldiers’ bloodletting activity

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 16): Bukidnon town folks laud soldiers’ bloodletting activity

Government soldiers of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) here donated 31,500 cubic centimeters of blood as a symbol of “love” during the observance of “Valentines Day,” a military statement released Tuesday said.

Capt. Norman Tagros, spokesperson of the 8IB, said that the 8IB conducts the bloodletting activity annually during the celebration of the “Season of Love” in partnership with the local government and the province of Bukidnon.

He said that a total of 70 blood donors from the 8IB and the town folks of Impasug-ong joined the bloodletting that drew the admiration of the local folks on the soldiers’ unwavering support of Impasug-ong, the capital town of indigenous peoples in Northern Mindanao.

Linda Baculi, a 63-year-old senior citizen and resident of Impasug-ong, said that “we love our soldiers so much because they are the reason why we get a sound sleep every night.”

Tagros said that the 8IB and its soldiers have been getting high ratings in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Army Transformation Road Map (ATR) program because the battalion has continually gained the respect and support of the people in its area of operations.

He said that the 8IB gained the trust of the people because the servicemen have constantly observed respect for human rights and the cultures, traditions and customs of the indigenous peoples of Bukidnon.

Tagros also disclosed that the strength and credibility of the 8IB, as defined in the AFP campaign plan, emanate from the support and trust of the people and the community.


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