CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the onset of the commemoration of the 84th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Founding Anniversary, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division Philippine Army honors the sacrifices of the wounded diamond troopers at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH) on Friday morning, December 20, 2019.

At around 7:30 o’clock in the morning, the command conducted flag raising ceremony and the reading of the message of the Chief of Staff, AFP in relation to 84th AFP Anniversary. Immediately after, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4ID together with the General and Personal Staff, visited the battle casualties and non-battle casualties currently confined at CESH to personally talk to them, check their morale and welfare and distributes Christmas presents.

Five battle casualties received noche buena package, cash gift and tablet while 27 non-battle casualties received noche buena package together with their families as an early Christmas presents of the Command in recognizing to their selfless service and sacrifices.

PFC Kenly Jertos, 26yrs old from the 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company who got wounded last December 11, 2019 expresses his happiness and appreciation. “I am very much happy and honored to be visited by our Commander. “Masaya ako sir, kasi ramdam ko ang pagpapahalaga and malasakit ni MGen Gacal, salamat po sir and Merry Christmas sa inyo”.

Meanwhile, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said, “I would like to express the gratitude of the entire team 4ID to all your sacrifices, remember that each of you is a blessing to our Army and our nation. I remain indebted to your services and sacrifices on both combat and non-combat efforts.”

Along with my prayers for your fast recovery, may these simple presents you receive will give you happiness and may you feel the spirit of Christmas. I wish you a merry Christmas and happy new year”,Gacal ended.