MBLT 3 recognized for role in defense of city PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:41

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday, June 23 gave recognition and commendation to all officers and men and women of the 3rd Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) for being in the frontline in defending Zamboanga during the 2013 siege, a critical time in the history of Zamboanga City.

MBLT 3 led by Lt. Col. Elpidio Factor will end its tour of duty in Zamboanga, nine months after it was deployed here. It will be replaced by MBLT 11 headed by Lt. Col. Nestor Narag.

Mayor Climaco presented the letter of recognition and commendation during the exit call of MBLT 3 officials in City Hall, Monday.

“I would like to give special recognition and commendation to all the officers, and men and women of the 3rd Marine Battalion Landing Team led by Lt. Col. Elpidio Factor, commanding officer and the unit which defended the City from the rebel group, and its security efforts during its stint in the city from September 2013 to June 2014,” the chief executive declared.

Climaco requested that the recognition and commendation extended to the officers and men and women of MBLT 3 will be inscribed and reflected in their respective 201 and or appropriate files for future reference.

The mayor likewise thanked MGen. Romeo Tanalgo, commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, Philippine Navy, for the continuing and unfailing support of the Marine Corps in securing the city.

In a letter to Gen. Tanalgo, Climaco said: “I and the entire Zamboangueño community are also particularly grateful for your continuing and unfailing support in securing the City. As we sent forth and bade our goodbyes the MBLT 3, you have replaced them with another of your able guardian angels in the 11th Marine Battalion Landing Team led by Lt. Col. Nestor E. Narag, Jr.”

Zamboanga City, she added, “is truly blessed in having the Marines in our midst.”

All other security forces helped in the defense of the city during the September 2013 siege, these included the officers and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Task Force Zamboanga, Philippine National Police and Zamboanga City Police Office and many others. — Sheila Covarrubias