By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 3, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A send-off ceremony was rendered to the members of 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion at Tacloban airport on May 29, 2016.
The ceremony is a military tradition honoring its men on its deployment of forces in support to win the peace in North Cotabato under the operational control of 6th Infantry Division. Colonel Cesar M Idio, Assistant Division Commander, hand-over a Plaque of Appreciation to Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento, Commanding Officer of 19th IB, recognizing their valuable services in sustaining the peace in Eastern Visayas.
Col Francisco F Mendoza Jr. 802nd Brigade Commander historically mentioned that this is the second deployment of 19th IB in Mindanao area, since they participated in the AFPs campaign against rogue elements of MILF and other secessionists threat groups in Patikul, Sulu in November 2001.
Col. Idio reminded the soldiers to respect the human rights, maintain highest standard of discipline, give courtesy to the customs and traditions of the community and people as embedded in the Philippine Constitution.
Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino, Commander 8ID, said that the unit deployment in Mindanao is anchored on the AFPs quest for peace and development as embodied in “IPSP Bayanihan”.