From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Oct 20): NEWLY ACTIVATED BATTALION | 88IB “MARINGAL” to Secure Southern Bukidnon
CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City (DWDD) – The newly activated 88th Infantry (Maringal) Battalion which is placed under the operational control of 4th Infantry Division is tasked to address the threat situation in the Southern part of Bukidnon.
In a simple ceremony this morning held at the Headquarters 88IB in South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon, MGen Ronald C Villanueva, 4ID Commander underlined the specific tasks and mission of the said battalion that are aligned to the current AFP campaign which is the Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan”.
He also emphasized during the program about the ultimate objective of the NPA terror group.
“When we talk about terrorism, we don’t only mean Maute or ISIS, we also talk about the New People’s Army that have longed made the lives of our people in Bukidnon miserable. Not only that they burn trucks and plantations but also extort hard-earned money from poor farmers and worst, recruit children to fight against the government.”
“I would like yo emphasize this with the presence of our local leaders in today’s ceremony that the real intent of the NPA is not to topple down the armed forces but to take the governance from you. This is the reason why we remain strong, resilient, and have improved our security stance in order to not just eliminate but to fully address this insurgency situation that have longed been affecting our Country’s development.”
“To all of you, soldiers of this battalion, I expect that you will always bear the professionalism as you execute your tasks.
Build bridges from among the people, earn their respect and gain friends. There is no room for any Human Rights violations. We have already gained an immeasurable people’s support especially during our efforts in Marawi. Don’t let one mistake destroy what we have sacrificed for our Country. We support the intent of our Commander-in-Chief to protect the state and the people. Again I remind all of you to perform only your duty as a disciplined soldier.” MGen Villanueva concluded.
The activation and deployment of 88IB that is composed of 450 soldiers is part of the president’s plan to hasten the resolution of all internal conflicts in the Country. This will help pave way for the smooth implementation of all Government programs and services that would benefit every Filipinos in all parts of the Archipelago. 4DPAO/MCAG