Basileño tops soldiers’ training

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Monday, December 16, 2013

A NATIVE of Basilan province has graduated topnotcher of the Candidate Soldier Course Class 318-2013 held at the Army's First Division Training School of the First Infantry "Tabak" Division based in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

First Infantry Division information officer Captain Jefferson Somera said Monday that Rodel I. Babao of Isabela City, Basilan, top the six-month training, besting 137 other members of the class.

Soldiers’ graduation in Zamboanga del Sur
ZAMBOANGA. Soldiers, who comprise the Candidate Soldier Course Class 318-2013, march in formation during their graduation Sunday at the Army's First Division Training School in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. (Bong Garcia)

Somera said the training, cross trained with Jungle Warfare Mountaineering Operation Course, started last June 15 and ended Sunday, December 15.

Babao was followed by candidate soldiers Richard R. Aninion and Nover B. Rillera, both from Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, as second and third in class standing, respectively.

Somera said the class has an original regular quota of 144 candidate soldiers. However, he said only 138 have managed to survive the rigors of the six-month military training and discipline.

The candidates were composed of 42 college graduates, 62 college levels, 28 have undergone vocational courses, and 25 are high school graduates but proved to be deserving candidates as they possessed the skills required to qualify for enlistment.

Somera said that 115 of them are Bisaya, three are Ilocano, and 20 are from different ethnic groups like Tagalog, Chavacano, Ilonggo, Muslim and Subanen.

First Infantry Division commander Brigadier General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., the graduation's keynote speaker, congratulated the new members of "Team Tabak."

"You are the new breed of the Philippine Army under the Army Transformation Road Map. We are expecting from you as your parents and relatives do, to perform your duty to the best of your ability. You are now a soldier of the people, serve them well," Trinidad said. (Bong Garcia)

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