4ID celebrates Bonifacio Day with LGUs and stakeholders in Cagayan de Oro City

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation on the commemoration of Bonifacio Day celebration, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army participated in the 156th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at El Pueblo A Sus Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

The declaration of November 30 as a national holiday started when the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2946 on February 16, 1921, making that day of each year a legal holiday to commemorate Bonifacio’s birth. Bonifacio was a national hero and he is often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”.

At around 5:00 o’clock in the morning, some 90 Diamond troopers composed of honor guards, firing party, marching band, security elements and general staffs led by BGen Oliver T Vesliňo, the Assistant Division Commander of 4ID, assembled in the Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city for the Bonifacio day celebration.

Also, thousands of people coming from various government and non-government agencies, civil society organizations, people’s organizations and other stakeholders participated and have shown their full support during the celebration crowding Plaza Divisoria early in the morning.

Meanwhile, the activity started with the sounding of sirens at around 7:00 o’clock in morning. A formal program immediately followed wherein a mass wreath laying highlighted the event participated by various agencies and sectors headed by Hon. Oscar S Moreno, the city mayor, together with BGen Vesliňo. The program ended with a meaningful message coming from Mayor Moreno which emphasized on EO 70, the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict.

MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4ID said, “Let us look back with pride on the heroism done by Gat Andres Bonifacio. The freedom that we enjoyed today was paid by the blood, sweat and tears of our brave heroes. We should cherish the freedom which was entrusted to us by our forefathers. It is everybody’s responsibility to take good care of our country’s future as we are going to entrust it also for the new generations to come.

“I urge everyone to do your share, let us join hands to fight insurgency and end the local communist armed conflict in order for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and Caraga.” Gacal ended