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A show of might on Freedom Day

Monday, June 13, 2016

TO help celebrate independence, military officials gave civilians a look at how they protect the country’s territory and people.

Officials and personnel of the different branches under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) joined the activity dubbed as “Bayan, Bayani” at the Ayala Center Cebu.

“The commitment to protect the Filipino people and nation with the goal of securing the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory is always paramount,” Brig. Gen. Roberto B. Domines Jr., the deputy commander of the Central Command (Centcom), said during the Independence Day program.

He vowed that they will continue to do their part in protecting the country’s independence, “which was gained from the revolutionary struggle painstakingly perpetrated by our forefathers against the Spanish colonial government.”

He recalled that members of the Katipunan would later become the Philippine Revolutionary Army of President Emilio Aguinaldo, which he said had some influence on the current AFP.

Also during his speech, Domines thanked Ayala Center Cebu for allowing them to hold their week-long Independence Day celebration with the Cebuanos.

Mock camp

As part of their celebration, Centcom’s Unified Command Staff for Civil-Military Operations set up an interactive mock AFP camp at the Ayala Activity Center called “Kampo Sugbo.”

Domines said the replica of an operational AFP camp was set up to show Cebuanos what it is like to be inside the camp, observe some activities of the soldiers and to give them a glimpse of some of the military hardware available in the AFP inventory.

Aside from Centcom units, the Naval Forces Central of the Philippine Navy, the 2nd Air Division of the Philippine Air Force; the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Division and 53rd Engineer Brigade; and the 3rd Civil Relations Group of the AFP’s Civil Relations Service also joined the activities.

Coordination

The event was held in coordination with the Hero Foundation, a group that helps families of soldiers who died in line of duty.

At the Capitol, a handful of employees attended the simple flag-raising ceremony organized by the Provincial Government for the Independence Day.

At 8 a.m., Capitol employees led by Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino held a simple but solemn activity.

While Capitol employees and their department heads were present during the ceremony, Gov. Hilario Davide III, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and other elected officials were not present.

Tolentino told reporters that since Independence Day fell on a Sunday, he only required department heads to send five to 10 of their employees to attend the ceremony. (SUN STAR CEBU)