By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 18, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Philippine Army’s most ranking officer paid his first visit to the home of the 8th Infantry “Stormtroopers” Division, Wednesday.
Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año, AFP Commanding General, Philippine Army was warmly welcomed by team Stormtroopers through full military honors upon his arrival as part of military tradition.
The welcoming party was composed of Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander, 8ID; Col. Cesar M. Idio, Assistant Division Commander; Col. Divino Rey C. Pabayo Jr., Chief of Staff and the rest of the Stormtroopers’ family.
One of the highlights of his visit is the awarding of Gold Cross Medal to the gallant men of Bravo Company, 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion for their successful encounter against the NPA which resulted to the seizure of enemy encampment at Barangay Antol, Calbiga, Samar last December 11, 2015.
The heroic quest of Cpt. Nilfe D. Quioco, Cpl. Kith Richard R. Tan and Pvt. 1st Class Grengo O. Decena resulted to the recovery of numerous high powered firearms, ammunition, claymore mines, flat screen television, satellite cable, generator, chainsaw, first aid kit, foodstuff and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
In his speech, Lt. Gen. Año reiterated that he will continuously support the 8ID’s efforts in creating a favorable atmosphere sustainable for peace and development in Eastern Visayas.
He further commended the Stormtroopers for their enthusiasm in serving its people with highest standard, honor, dedication to duty and their professionalism to contain the insurgent groups while extending humanitarian assistance and disaster during calamities.
“I have the fullest confidence in all of you. You have done well and will do even better; I will be fair, just, and supportive. I expect you to be the same. Our people expect no less of all of us, and I know that you will further consecrate yourselves in defending our democracy, and that you will fight to preserve our gains,” said Año.