Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade together with troops of 23IB and 29IB in collaboration with the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) paraded its commitment as it joined the nation in promoting Human Rights thru the conduct of Peace March and Peace Concert last December 10, 2019 in Butuan City.

The activity is the culmination of the Brigade’s week-long celebration of Human Rights Week with a theme “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” and commemoration of the adoption of the 71st Year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Peace March led by troops of 402nd Infantry Brigade with the 23IB and 29IB troopers in partnership with the Butuan City Police Office, was also participated by the students of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) and Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).

“It is a celebration of our commitment together with the PNP in Caraga to respect and uphold the Human Rights of every individual especially the youth. Our utmost concern of this celebration is voicing out or creating awareness on the continuing abuse and exploitation of the CPP-NPA-NDF pushing the youth including minors to bear arms against the government”, said Maj Francisco P Garello Jr, 402nd Brigade CMO Officer.

According to Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigadier Commander, that as per record, there are already twelve (12) minor CNTs who surrendered, captured or killed by government troops in their previous encounters. He said, “The twelve (12) minors are those who we were able to rescue when we captured them or when they surrender. However this number does not include those unaccounted CNT members who were recruited during their younger years as minor.”

“Timely with the theme of this celebration, we in the AFP are standing up for the protection of the human rights of the youth. We deplore the use of minors as child warriors by the CNTs. We are calling all parents to unite with us and stand up for the rights of their children. Let us cut the source of the recruitment of the CNTs. I call on to all Parents Teachers Association to firm up the monitoring in the schools so that no one will be recruited anymore”, BGen Licudine added.

The Brigade started its week-long celebration thru the Flag Raising Ceremony last December 4, 2019 highlighted with the “Panata sa Karapatang Pantao” and a Tree Planting activity inside the Brigade Headquarters at Brgy Bancasi of same city on December 7, 2019.