Bancasi, Butuan City – In line with the observance of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day 2019, the 402nd Infantry Brigade renewed its oath and commitment to strictly adhere to the nternational Humanitarian Law and Human Rights during the Flag Raising Ceremony held at its Headquarters in Brgy Bancasi this City.

The 402nd Brigade led by Col Maurito L Licudine, Brigade Commander, spearheaded the commemoration of IHL Day 2019 with the theme, “IHL, Protecting the Defenseless in Times of Armed Conflict” through renewing the AFP Soldier’s Pledge of Reaffirmation of Commitment and Support for the International Humanitarian Law as protector of the Filipino people and the state.

True to its mandate, the 402nd Infantry Brigade boast its record of zero human rights violations instilling strict adherence of IHL and HR to its personnel and making it at the center of its operational framework. Surrendered and captured enemies were properly turned over and accorded due process and respect without violating their inherent
rights under the IHL.

Further, Col Licudine conveyed to the Officers, Men and Women the message of the Presidential Human Rights Committee of the Office of the President. The message emphasized the continuous threat of local communist armed groups committing countless human rights abuses against the people and disrupting development projects relentlessly seeking the downfall of the government and the death of democratic ideals.

“The government remains equally zealous in protecting the defenseless and the vulnerable in the midst of every conflict. The mission of the National Task Force created and chaired by no less than the President to put an end to local communist terrorism embodied in EO No. 70 that built a partnership between the government and like-minded sectors of society, under the Whole of Nation Approach, shall advance and
sustain all the efforts”, Col Licudine quoted.