Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar — The year 2006 proved to be
another fruitful year for the army troopers of the 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army. These were the words given
by no less than the Commanding General of the 8th
Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, Maj. Gen. Rodrigo F.
Maclang AFP, during the Command Conference he personally
presided at Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division in
Camp Lukban, Maulong, Catbalogan, Samar on January 9, 2007.
The said conference was attended by all field commanders of
the Philippine Army operating in Eastern Visayas under the
Command and Control of the 8th Infantry Division.
It was held after the traditional New Year’s Call to the
Commanding General held earlier of the day at Camp Lukban
Maj. Gen. Maclang cited the accomplishments of the 8ID
prominent among which are the neutralization of Communist
Terrorist Leaders (CTL) Glicerio Roluna alias Jay-R, of
Southern Leyte CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group; CTL Bebiano
Rentillosa alias Sinto, of North Leyte CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist
group; CTL Nestor Caliwan alias Hanao, former leader of Mt.
Amandewin Extortionist Group; and the latest was CTL Zacarias
Nobes alias Cadoy, leader of Front 1 of CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist
group in Northern Samar. All of these personalities were
operating in the Eastern Visayas under the command of
CPP-NPA-NDF headed by the erstwhile priest-turned terrorist,
Fr. Santiago Salas.
Likewise, Maj. Gen. Maclang praised the people of Leyte for
helping the government in exposing the evil acts perpetrated
by the communist terrorist group in the discovery of the Mass
Graves in Inopacan, Leyte. He also exhorted the people of
Eastern Visayas to be extra vigilant in guarding our
democratic freedom and our children from exploitation by these
barbaric terrorist preying on the youthful innocence of the
children they are targeting for recruitment in armed conflict
which is a clear violation of existing international laws on
protection of minors. This is evident in the successful rescue
efforts undertaken by the army to some six (6) minor
combatants being used by the communist terrorist in their
extortion and wicked activities.
The year 2006 also
showcased the Army’s true and genuine concern to the people of
Eastern Visayas as exemplified by the 8ID troopers sincere
commitment of serving the people beyond the Call of Duty, when
they spearheaded the conduct of Rescue, Relief, and Retrieval
efforts together with the different local and international
rescue units during the infamous Guinsaugon Mudslide tragedy
at St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. The personal sacrifices of our
troops during that fateful event earned the admiration and
respect of the Filipino people.
Gen. Maclang enjoined all Officers and men of the 8th
Infantry Division “to pursue with firm resolve the dynamism
you have constantly manifested as we move on to another
promising year ahead of us. Let us not rest on our laurels.
Let us all work hand in hand in bringing the 8th
Infantry Division to a brighter future”.
1LT MARIO JOSE M CHICO (INF) PA