CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City — Pinangunahan ni Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay nitong Sabado, Oktubre 17, ang pag-alaala sa mga sundalong nasawi upang mapalaya ang Marawi mula sa Daesh-inspired terrorist Maute Group sa labanang tumagal mula Mayo hanggang Oktubre taong 2017.
“I share the honor and glory of every soldier of the AFP in giving our snappiest salute to all our heroes, the sung and the unsung, for all that they have done in the fulfillment of their sworn duties to protect and serve our nation and our people. Their service and their sacrifice is a legacy that will live on forever,” pahayag ng heneral.
Sa ikatlong taon ng paggunita sa “Liberation of Marawi”, nagkaroon ng wreath laying sa Heroes Memorial sa loob ng headquarters ng Philippine Army 103rd Brigade. Pinasinayaan din ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno ang Bonggolo Bridge kasama ang AFP. Mayroon ding groundbreaking ceremony ng Bato Mosque sa siyudad.
Sa kabilang banda, patuloy lang ang AFP sa pagbibigay-tulong sa mga proyektong pang-imprastruktura ng Task Force Bangon Marawi sa most affected area ng siyudad. Kasama rin ang AFP sa pagtatayo ng mga eskwelahan para sa mga kabataang Maranao.
Ito’y habang sinisiguro ng field units ng AFP na hindi na mauulit ang kahalintulad na lokal na terorismo.
“The war was over but we have never left Marawi. To date, our soldiers still actively participate in endeavors that pursue peace and development in Marawi. We have not ceased in giving our 100%, war or no war,” dagdag pa ni General Gapay.
Nagpasalamat din si Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamara sa mga kasundaluhan sa patuloy nitong suporta sa mga Maranao.
Ani Mayor Gandamara, “To the valiant and courageous men and women in uniform, who have fought and even laid down their lives so that the Philippine Flag could still fly high above and free in the flagpoles all over Marawi City, we owe it all to you. Three years on, we are still telling your family that your sacrifices have not been in vain.”
Kasama rin sa mga seremonya sina Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., Bangsamoro Deputy Chief Minister and Marawi Special Committee Chairperson Ali Solaiman, at Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairman at Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario.
Samantala, umaasa rin ang AFP na sa ilalim ng Anti-Terrorism Law, mas mapabubuti pa ng Sandatahan ang pagsugpo sa mga banta laban sa kapayapaan at kaayusan.
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