The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Andres C. Centino lauded the accomplishments of field units in Eastern Mindanao during his visit on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
The AFP Chief of Staff visited the troops of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade in Bunawan District, Davao City, and the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon which weakened the communist terrorist group (CTG) in their areas of operation.
“I came here to relay the congratulations of the President to the units of Eastern Mindanao Command for their successful campaign that included the dismantling of Sub-Regional Committee 5 and the neutralization of CTG leaders Jorge Madlos and Menardo Villanueva, among others,” General Centino said.
As part of his visit, General Centino awarded medals to outstanding military personnel involved in the campaign that led to the dismantling of SRC 5. He also reminded the troops to maintain discipline as the AFP continues to complete its urgent tasks to end the local communist insurgency and secure the upcoming election.
“I make it a point to reach out, to see for myself the situation of our troops. As a commander and Chief of Staff, I take it upon myself to personally rally our troops and lead from the front,” General Centino added.
“Discipline is what describes our organization. I’ve seen our transformation; we’re very different now than when we were lieutenants. We have gone a long way. Let’s take advantage of the people’s trust to sustain our momentum,” General Centino concluded.