By Jong Cadion
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (October 8, 2017 PNA) - Amid the continuing fight between government forces and the Daesh-inspired terror Maute Group in the main battle area, the Western Mindanao Command Chief took time to visit the marine troops in the forefront early Saturday (October 7), military official said.
Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., was received by Brigadier General Ordiales, the Brigade Commander of the 1st Marine Brigade at the brigade temporary base inside the MBA and the Commanders of the Marine Special Operations Group, the Marine Battalion Landing Teams and the Naval Task Unit at 9am Saturday (Oct 7).
In his message to the marines, LtGen Galvez reminded them to stay alert and to continue giving their best as the fighting is nearing its end.
“I would like to congratulate all of you for a job well done,” said the WestMinCom Chief. “I also would like to thank you for your sacrifices and your efforts. You have truly done well as soldiers of the Armed Forces and as members of the Philippine Marine Corps.
” The marines were responsible in retaking all three bridges that connects the eastern part of Marawi to the Western part of the City. In the almost four months of fighting, they have lost a number of soldiers especially during the retaking of the Mapandi bridge.
“You all deserve a break after this. Appropriate awards will also be accorded to all of you when this is all over. I will see to it that due recognition will be given to every single Marawi liberator,” added LtGen Galvez.
LtGen Galvez is visiting forces in the frontlines to ensure that the troop’s morale is intact and to hear out their needs and their concerns.
With the Commander WestMinCom during his visit is the newly installed Commander of the 1st Infantry Division, Brigadier General Roseller G Murillo, who took the baton of leadership of the Tabak only last Friday.