BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Troopers of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion welcomed the visit of Maj. Gen. Andres C. Centino, the commander of 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division of the Army on Tuesday, June 30 in Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the acting commander of 23rd IB warmly welcomed Maj. Gen. Centino during the visit, saying it gave inspiration and empowerment among the men and women of the battalion to pursue their mission.
Maj. Gen. Centino made the visit to personally emphasize his instructions to end the local communist armed conflict in the unit’s area of operation (AO).
The visit was also an opportunity for the 4ID chief to personally assess the situation of the headquarters and ensure the welfare of every troop.
During his message, Maj. Gen. Centino stressed salient points that encouraged the troops to perform their duties and responsibilities with discipline and pride as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
He also challenged the troops to maintain the peace and order in the locality and in attaining the mission of the unit.
“Together, we will make sure to dismantle the guerrilla front (GF) 4A in this area,” Centino said.
He also reminded the troopers not to commit any cases, especially in illegal drugs and even debts. He further stressed out to the men of Masigasig Battalion to avoid selling bullets. “I do not allow troops to save and sell issued bullets that would possibly be bought by the CTGs (Communist Terrorist Groups) and use the same in committing terroristic acts,” Maj. Gen. Centino said.
For his part, Paulo expressed gratitude to Maj. Gen. Centino for the timely visit at the 23rd IB headquarters.
Paulo also assured the 4ID chief that the 23rd IB troopers will function and pursue its mission as instructed.