BANCASI, Butuan City – Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander, 402nd Brigade conducted his first official field visit on June 24, 2020 to Headquarters 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion at Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade has assumed its new area of responsibility in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin, apart from portions of Agusan provinces.
The Brigade assumed operational control and jurisdiction over 58thInfantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion based in Claveria, Misamis Oriental under Lt Col Ricky Canatoy; the 26thInfantry (Ever Onward) Battalion based in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur under Lt Col Reynald Romel Goce; and 23rdInfantry (Masigasig) Battalion under Lt Col Julius Cesar Paulo stationed in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
With the realignment of AOR, 402nd Brigade relinquished the operational control of 29th Infantry Battalion covering northern part of Agusan del Norte, 30th Infantry Battalion covering the whole provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands to 901st Infantry Brigade, and the 36th Infantry Battalion covering the 1st District of Surigao del Sur to the 401st Infantry Brigade.
“The realignment of forces in the whole 4ID was out of necessity in the changing operational environment in order to focus its forces against confronted threats. With the support mechanism provided by the TF-ELCAC thru the different clusters, we shall unleash the final blow to defeat the CTG remnants and finally end the insurgency not only in the Brigade’s AOR but in Northern Mindanao and Caraga Regions”, Brigade General Licudine said.
During the visit, 58th Infantry Battalion highlighted their recent accomplishment to Brigadier General Licudine. Lt Col Canatoy CO, 58IB presented to him Alias Dino, a surrenderee and top NPA leader of Platoon Ryan, Sub-Regional Committee 1 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC). Alias Dino surrendered to 58IB last July 19, 2020 and disclosed the location of his former group’s arms cache, which resulted to the recovery of eleven (11) high-powered firearms composed of seven (7) AK47 rifles, one (1) M653 rifle, two (2) M16 rifles, and one (1) M14 rifle, assorted ammunitions, magazines and personal belongings.
Brigadier General Licudine was warmly welcomed by the troops during the reception. After the reception, 58IB hosted a press conference together with the Commander 402nd Brigade, Honorable Juliette Uy, 2nd District Representative of Misamis Oriental, Honorable Miraluna Abrogar, Municipal Mayor of Claveria, Misamis Oriental and Honorable Osmundo Dela Rosa, Municipal Mayor of Malitbog, Bukidnon. After the conference, he checked the operational readiness of the troops and gave them guidance on how to accomplish their mission. He intends to decisively defeat the enemy and ultimately end the local insurgency in its area of operation.
During the press conference, Brigadier General Licudine also thanked the presence of all the media personalities who continue to support the AFP and PNP in its campaign to end the insurgency and become an active partner in sustaining the peace and security in Misamis Oriental. He said that he is not new to the area as he was then the Battalion Commander of 8IB covering the three (3) provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Orien
tal and Camiguin.
“We firmly believe in the important role of the media as the catalyst of truth and in bringing the right information to our people. We need to amplify and echo the sentiments of the FRs so that many would understand the deceptive nature of the Communist Terrorist Group and eventually resolve this insurgency problem in an environment of peace and without bloodshed”, BGen Licudine added.
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