Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commemorated the
123rd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) on March 23, 2020, at
Headquarters 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.
The Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine led the
commemoration of the Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary through the
conduct of a simultaneous flag-raising ceremony together with its OPCON units.
Amidst the challenges of the unseen threat of COVID-19 in the country, once again,
the Philippine Army as a reliable and dependable partner of the people has been put
to the test on its dynamic role to assist and support the civilian agencies in
preventing the spread of the pandemic virus that plagued not only the Philippines but
the whole world.
The simultaneous flag-raising was done following the protocol of social distancing
which was led by Brigadier General Licudine highlighting the reading of the message
of the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Gilbert I
In his message, General Gapay underscores the milestones of the Philippine Army
for the past 123 years of gallantry and dedication in serving our people and securing
our land and as a staunch guardian of peace, a vital partner in nation-building and
the single largest force provider of the Armed Forces of the Philippines standing
proud at one hundred thousand strong.
In Filipino language, He said, “Habang ipinagdiriwang natin ang ating anibersaryo,
ang ating kasundaluhan ay buong giting na babantayan ang kaligtasan ng
sambayanang Pilipino mula sa salot na COVID-19. Kakaiba ito sa ating mga
tradisyunal na kalaban sapagkat hindi ito tao ngunit labis na mapamuksa. Mananatili
tayong matatag sa pagtupad ng ating sinumpaang tungkulin – ang pagsilbihan at
protektahan ang mga mamamayan at ating bayan kahit buhay man ang kapalit”.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Licudine in his statement said that the Stinger
Troopers under his leadership will perform its mandate and continue being catalysts
of peace. “402nd Brigade will continuously serve and protect the people as we
pursue our quest for professionalism among our ranks. We call on our peace-loving
citizens to support your troops in its peaceful war effort through the Peace and
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By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride.
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Development Zone (PDZ) program here in Caraga spearheaded by the Task Force
ELCAC in order to attain just and peaceful environment for inclusive development”.