THE military reported that about 300 trainees finished the Basic Military Training (BMT) course as they participated in the commencement exercise at the Sgt Demerin Grandstand, Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Brgy. Tuboran, Mawab, Davao De Oro on Monday.
Captain Mark Anthony Tito, 10th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office chief, said of the trainees, 32 were women and 109 were members of the indigenous communities.
Secretary Allen Capuyan of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, also the executive director of the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), graced the event as the guest of honor and speaker.
“Kung babalikan ko ang nakaraan, babalik pa rin ako, kasi if there’s one thing na napakagandang experience ng isang mamamayan, ay yung e give-up niya nag kaniyang freedom for the sake of the country,” said Capuyan during the ceremony.
He also reminded the graduates that their being members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a privilege and that they must perform their best.
“Make it personal, that the ancestral domain be finally liberated from the lies, deception and fears created by the Communist Party for the last 50 years,” he added.
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