From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Oct 21): HEARTFUL THANKS | 1IB gets Heroes Welcome at home
FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Taguig City (DWDD) – Troops of the 1st Infantry “First Always” Battalion under the 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division receives a heart-warming Heroes Welcome from officers and personnel of the Philippine Army.
The ceremony commenced with a Heroes March then they converged at the HPA Grandstand.
“Nais kong iparating sa inyo ang taos-pusong pasasalamat ng sambayanang patuloy ninyong pinangangalagaan. Saludo ako sa inyong lahat.
…Hanggat hindi natatapos ang trabaho ng sundalo sa Marawi, inaanyayahan ko po ang lahat na sama-sama tayong manalangin para ang mga sundalong natitira sa Marawi ay maging safe at secure. Para na rin sa mga kapatid nating Muslim.”
This was part of the message rendered by Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, the Commanding
General of the Philippine Army, who led the ceremony, the first of so many expected ceremonies for home bound troops after serving gallantly in Marawi city.
The 1st IB was the first army battalion to respond to the Marawi crisis and is now also the first to return home, back to their area of operations in Quezon Province. AES / MCAG / Photos by OACPA