BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion initiated the wedding ceremony of former New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels in the celebration of 75IB’s 29th Founding Anniversary held at Headquarters, 75IB on December 18, 2019.

The seven (7) couples composed of three (3) former NPA rebels and four (4) former NPA rebels turned into soldiers; all of them were from the dismantled Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (GF14, NEMRC).

The couple tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by Major Dionesio Acaso, Division Chaplain, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army. Among the guests was Honorable Florencio C Garay, City Mayor of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur together with his wife, Hon Margarita G Garay, City Board Member of Bislig, SDS, both were the principal sponsors of the newlywed couples.

Families, visitors, and friends were invited to witness the holy matrimony of the couples. Other visitors were Hon Shem G Garay, Mayor of the Municipality of Hinatuan, SDS; Miss Reygela M Decalit, Presidential Management Staff, CARAGA Region; other invited stakeholders from Philsaga Mining Corporation; API Group of Company; SSS Bislig City; Rotary Club of Bislig; The Fraternal Order Club of Eagles; Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc (FPPI); Southern Technology Institute of the Philippines (STIP); Conception Basic Builders Incorporated (CBBI); PCSO Bislig City and Radyo Bandera.

Meanwhile, AKA Vladimir, a former NPA rebel who surrendered recently in 75IB, got teary-eyed during the entourage. Consequently, AKA Vladimir expressed his gratitude to 75IB and others who supported them as well. “Nagpasalamat mig utro uban akong asawa sa suporta na gihatag sa 75IB sa amo. Karon, bag-ong dalan na ang among agion, ang dalan kung asa mi magtukod ug pamilya nga malipayon ug hapsay. Salamat sa atong gobyerno ug sa 75IB sa ilang pinakamalipayong pinaskohan na among nadawat karon. Salamat sa inyong suporta ug paghigugma.” AKA Vladimir said.

In his message, Mayor Florencio C Garay of Bislig City amicably congratulated the 75IB for keeping its Area of Responsibility (AOR) peaceful and likewise congratulated the newlyweds. “I honored the 75IB in upholding the traditions of love, inspiring unity and cooperation through this Christmas season. May the celebration nurture solidarity, objectives, and goals for the benefit of the Filipino people, particularly the people of Bislig. If there’s no peace, we will not achieve progress.” Mayor Garay stated.

Further, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB, expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Unit of Bislig, stakeholders, and the Marauder troopers for the untiring support displayed by everyone and said. “We’ll work together with unity in promoting our vision and mission for peace and development. The 75IB will always be proud to pursue the Philippine Army’s vision towards professionalism to serve better and people whom we are mandated to serve. Thus, we always leave up to the Army Slogan of being at your service across the land.”