Army chief lauds Tabak for keeping peace, stability in ZamPen region PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:40

By GIDEON C. CORGUE

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army was lauded for its outstanding contributions to peace, prosperity and progress in the region.

Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri, commanding general of Philippine Army (PA) in his message delivered by MGen. Rodolfo Demosthenes Santillan, PA’s vice commander, during the 79th founding anniversary of Tabak Division on Tuesday at the division grandstand, Camp Major Cesar Sang-an in Barangay Pulacan here said “the leadership of Philippine Army salutes the troopers in its long, faithful and courageous service to the unit.”

“ I proudly salute the leadership of the Tabak division especially the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian personnel, and stakeholders for their contributions to achieving peace in Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) region and its neighboring provinces.

“By your faithful service, you earned the respect and admiration of our fellow Filipinos,” Irriberri added.

“I convey the gratitude to my fellow soldiers for your continued outstanding service and fulfillment of pledge to the nation.  I also take this opportunity to recognize our fellow soldiers who offered their lives for the accomplishment of Tabak’s mission,” he declared.

“Ang tema ng inyong pagdiriwang ngayon ‘Tapat Na Nanungkulan Tungo sa Mapayapa at Maunlad Na Bayan’, ay isang panata sa matayog ninyong kasaysayan at magiting ninyong serbisyo tungo sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran,” he said.

(Your theme, “Sincere service for a peaceful and progressive country,” is a pledge for your long history and your continued gallant service in attaining peace and development.)

As a tradition, the Army chief awards a number of service personnel for their bravery and distinguished service in every anniversary celebration.

“Sixteen deserving military personnel were awarded for their unflinching devotion and dedication to the cause of the nation,” Iriberri announced.

“The awardees exemplified the best that we can in the pursuit of peace and in defense of our people. Their accomplishments remind us of the pledge we made and the duty to defend the country,” Irebiri pointed out.

Among those present during the celebration were the provincial governors and congressmen of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Sur. — FPG/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur