By Franco Regala
CAPAS, Tarlac — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lauded the Philippine Army Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) for the troops’ efforts in the successful military campaigns promoting peace in the communities such as the retaking of Marawi City during the siege in May 2018.
“The Filipino people will never forget the unwavering commitment and dedication of the MID. It was only last year during the five-month battle in Marawi when our troops from this division bravely and selflessly (took) the forefronts which contributed to the city’s liberation,” Duterte said during the division’s 12th activation anniversary.
“I offer my special salute to our fallen comrades who have gone beyond the call of duty and the courageous troopers who continue to make their sacrifices to defend our land, uphold peace, and secure the freedom that we enjoy,” the commander-in-chief added.
The president recognized MID’s accomplishments in combat operations particularly in the neutralization of members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), apprehension of drug personalities, and confiscation of loose firearms.
“These noble endeavors, including your assistance in facilitating the surrender of numerous members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and BIFF during the implementation of martial law in Mindanao have definitely made our kababayans feel safer during these challenging times,” Duterte said.
“As long as you perform your mandate in accordance with the law, this administration will remain steadfast in supporting your organization and will provide you with the necessary tools and resources that will enable you to effectively fulfill your duties,” he pledged.
Under the revised Armed Forces Modernization Program, five projects worth over Php13 billion will directly benefit the MID.
“I am certain these projects which are already in the pipeline will address the gaps in our defenses as we further strengthen (our) armed forces,” he stressed.
This year’s activation anniversary carried the theme “Team Armor, Kaagapay ng Sambayanan Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”