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56IB and Barangay Colasas honor fallen, unveil peace monument

THE 56TH Infantry (Tatag) Battalion and local officials joined forces on Friday, March 29, to unveil a peace monument in Sitio Panaga, Barangay Colasas, Paquibato District. 

Major Mark Anthony Tito, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, explained the activity’s significance: honoring victims through a solemn wreath-laying ceremony, including fallen soldiers, who lost their lives due to violence perpetrated by the communist terrorist group (CTG).

Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel P Garcia, 56th Infantry Battalion commanding officer, delivered a speech recounting the tragic events of December 30th, 1980. On that day, 18 individuals, including 13 members of the Philippine Constabulary’s 61st PC Battalion and five civilians, were killed in a brutal attack by communist guerillas in the area.

“This peace monument stands as a powerful symbol,” Garcia emphasized. “It represents our unwavering commitment to break the cycle of violence and embrace peace, respect for life, and justice. It serves as a permanent reminder that violence can never be a path towards a just and sustainable society.”

Colosas Punong Barangay Leah Bellera and her husband, former chairman Antonio Bellera, thanked the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police for their collaborative efforts in fostering peace and stability in the community.


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