Army infantry units in the Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas will have more soldiers soon.
Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, yesterday said that 168 neophyte soldiers have recently completed the six-month rigid Candidate Soldier Course and Scout Ranger Orientation Course at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.
He said the training aims to develop the soldiers' basic knowledge and skills, and to prepare them in their duties as riflemen and automatic riflemen of the infantry squads.
Brig. Gen. Harold Cabreros, 3ID commander, in a statement issued by its Public Affairs Office, urged the new AFP members who will later implement the 3ID campaign, dubbed “Dagyaw Para sa Kalinong”, to strictly observe and respect human rights, the International Humanitarian Law and the Rule of Law, and be guided by the Army Transformation Roadmap in exercising their mandate to serve the people and secure the communities.
Cabreros reminded the newly-enlisted soldiers that in fighting war, it is not only modern technology in weaponry, equipment and war machines that will dictate who will win the battle. These are nothing if you don't have the attitude, discipline and determination to win, he said.
Tiongson said the new soldiers will be assigned to the different battalions in Western and Central Visayas and the Negros Island Region to perform peace and development works in the countryside, and to add to the unit's strength in these areas.*GPB
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