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303IB, 94IB honored for dismantling Negros guerilla front

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. confers the AFP Campaign Streamer award to the 303rd Infantry Brigade led by Brig. Gen. Orlando Edralin  for the dismantling of a  Negros guerilla unit, in the presence of Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.* PA photo

The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade and 94th Infantry Battalion were given honors and recognition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 15 at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, for the dismantling of Central Negros 2 guerilla front of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., assisted by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and AFP chief of staff Romeo Brawner Jr. conferred the AFP Campaign Streamer to 303IB, led by Brig. Gen. Orlando Edralin and 94IB commanded by Lt. Col. Van Donald Almonte, for their successful peace campaign in central Negros.

During the AFP anniversary on December 21, the 303IB and 62nd Infantry Battalion also received similar awards for the dismantling of Central Negros 1 guerilla front.

The South West Front of KR NCBS was recently added to the list of dismantled guerilla fronts in Negros Island.

Two other guerilla fronts, Northern Negros Front and South East Front, were both declared dismantled by the AFP, several years ago.

In a statement, Edralin expressed his gratitude to the AFP’s leadership for recognizing the relentless efforts of the Philippine Army in Negros in ending the decades-long insurgency.

This award is also a triumph for all Negrenses who have been our partners in all our endeavors, and also a testament to our genuine commitment to end the local communist armed conflict in Negros Island, he added.

“We will continue our efforts, until Negros Island is declared insurgency-free,” Edralin further said.*

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