The new commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army assumed in his new assignment in post-Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Bohol.
Col. Ignacio Madriaga took over the command vacated by Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Matanguihan during formal turn-over rights at Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen, Bohol on Thursday.
For his part, Madriaga sees his assignment in Bohol as a great challenge in his military career. He vows to keep the province insurgency-free and to face new challenges posted by a province that survived the incursion of the ASG bandits.
Madriga says he is pressured to follow the footsteps of Matanguihan who has done well during his tour of duty.
The new commander knows he has work cut out for him.
Nonetheless, he vowed to ensure the province remains insurgency-free and to boost the capabilities of the forces in the effort against criminal elements in coordination with the police.
The new commander cited the help of the community as a key factor in keeping the peace in the province.
Madriaga, before his arrival in Bohol, was previously assignedto the Army’s 5th Infantry Battalion under the Northern Luzon Command.
Matanguihan, who received his first star as a general, will be re-assigned as assistant commander of the 9th Infantry Battalion in Bicol.
Matanguihan was instrumental in the more than a month-long fight against the ASG bandits that made a daring incursion.
The daring incursion of ASG bandits resulted in the neutralization of all those who came and tried to disrupt the peace in the province.
MATANGUIHAN COMING TO BOHOL
Matanguihan who assumed the new commander of the 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade Tuesday, February 2, 2016, in a change of command ceremony at the brigade headquarters here.
Matanguihan replaced Brig. Gen. Allan Martin who was appointed as the Assistant Division Commander of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Bicol region.
Brig. Gen. Harold Cabreros, Commander of 3ID, presided the turn-over of command which was attended by the local government officials of Bohol, PNP officials, Civil Society Organizations, partners,and stakeholders of the Brigade, the media, friends and the men and women of the 303rd Brigade.
In his message, Matanguihan recognized the uncompromising commitment and dedication of the 302nd Brigade under the leadership of Col. Martin to establish and maintain an environment that is secured and conducive to development.
Matanguihan vowed to secure the investments in Central Visayas and prevent the resurgence of insurgency that once hampered the growth and development of the region.
Under the leadership of Matanguihan, the brigade will work as a team to contribute to the attainment of a peaceful, progressive and prosperous country. “We will continue to support the initiatives of the local government units and endeavor to integrate the involvement of all stakeholders in our activities and operations in line with the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan.”
Matanguihan also urged every soldier of the brigade to always adhere to human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law as the unit maintains its record of zero human rights violation.
SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN HONORS MATANGUIHAN
The chairman of the Committee on Peace and Order Ricky Masamayor filed a resolution to honor and thank Matanguihan for his meritorious service to the Boholano people.
The resolution was approved en masse, subject to style.
Masamayor acknowledged the effort of Matanguihan in successfully neutralizing the ASG bandits.
The brigadier general’s effort in giving vital support to the Philippine National Police at the height of the ASG bandit incursion proved to be the edge that led to the neutralization.
In the area of the fight against illegal drugs, Matanguihan also provided valuable support.
Matanguihan also gave support in securing other activities such the staging of the four ASEAN meetings here in Bohol.