By Julmunir I. Jannaral
CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City — A simple send-off ceremony was rendered to the troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6 in Zamboanga City on Sunday.
Major Andrew Linao, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Wednesday said both the WestMinCom together with the Naval Forces Western Mindanao facilitated the ceremony held onboard BRP Tarlac (LD601) anchored at the Ensign Majini Pier, Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Bagong Calarian, this city.
According to WestMinCom Chief, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., the MBLT-6 troopers are scheduled for a re-training program at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite, after their three years of deployment in the WestMinCom area of responsibility, specifically in Tawi-Tawi.
Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr. said a re-training program is conducted to update/refresh and enhance the knowledge and skills of the troops after being deployed to operate in a specific area. Thus this could be the reason why the Philippine Marines are regarded as the cream of the crop among soldiers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The WestMinCom awarded a Command Plaque and Military Merit Medal to the troops in recognition of their meritorious achievements and valuable
service rendered that contributed to the accomplishment of the Command’s mission.
Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, the Deputy Commander for Operations
of WestMinCom and Cdr. Edwin Ello, the Assistant Chief of Unified Command Staff for Personnel, U1 represented the commander during the said activity.
Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr. extended his gratitude to the MBLT-6 troopers. “Maintain the same zeal in your next venture as you did in Tawi-Tawi. Goodluck on your re-training activities and congratulations on a job well done,” the commander expressed.
It can be recalled that MBLT-6 had been instrumental in the numerous accomplishments of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi particularly in the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms and other illegal activities.
Their commendable accomplishments include the successful rescue of the four remaining kidnap victims and the neutralization of five Abu Sayyaf Group/kidnap-for-ransom group
members including the notorious “Apo Mike”.
Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr., commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao presided over the send-off ceremony. He handed a Plaque de Merito and conferred military awards to the officers and men of the said battalion.
The activity was conducted following strict protocols to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (JIJ)