NEGROS ORIENTAL, Dec. 3 (PIA) -- Commanding General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan led the awarding of Cross Medals to enlisted soldiers of 11th Infantry Battalion (11IB) based in Siaton, Negros Oriental.
The four soldiers who fought valiantly against the New People's Army in the province include Corporals Dennis Enalao, Raymundo Tanilon, Richard Rafols, and PFC Ramer Maceda, all members of the 11IB.
The gold cross medals were awarded to the soldiers for their gallantry in accomplishing the unit's mission of protecting the public and bringing peace and development in its area of operation.
Ancan also offered a Plaque of Kapayapaan to 11IB and 302nd BDE for successfully dismantling the Southeast Front of Komiteng Rehiyon Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor (SEF,KR NCBS).
Ancan likewise bestowed the Central Command streamer to 11IB for the exemplary performance that significantly contributed to the attainment of the mission of the Central Command.
During the activity, retired soldiers were likewise recognized by the 11IB for their contribution in putting the unit on the pedestal of success.
Ancan is a former member of 11IB and is considered a true Lapu-Lapu warrior.
As a young lieutenant, he served as an Executive Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of 11IB in 1988 and Executive-Officer/ Platoon Leader of Delta Company 11IB in 1989.
He also served as the Commanding Officer of Charlie Company 11IB from 1990 to 1991.
"This battalion is where I started my military service; thus, I feel privileged to go back and reminisce the years of service fighting for humanity. As it is said, a thousand journey begins with the first step. I have travelled long and far in the armed forces and thankful to where I have been because of the foundation that was built in me by the 11th Infantry Battalion. I take pride in the unit in all its accomplishments, for it showcases how to be a true Lapu-Lapu warrior," said Ancan. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CMO, PA)