A HEROES’ party for soldiers based in Negros Occidental who fought the Islamic State-linked terrorists in Marawi City is slated on Friday, October 27.
Captain Ruel Llanes, public information officer of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia town, said more than 70 soldiers from the Division Reconnaissance Company of the 3rd Infantry Division have already came home to the province on Sunday.
Some of the soldiers from the 15th and 82nd Infantry Battalions are still in Marawi, Llanes said.
He added they don’t know yet if when they are coming back to the province.
Three soldiers from the 15th IB and three other Negrenses from the Army’s elite Scout Rangers unit were killed in action.
Llanes said those who fought against the terrorists for almost five months to liberate Marawi were given a few days off as ordered by the commander-in-chief, President Rodrigo Duterte.
He also said the Provincial Government led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will host a welcome party for the Marawi soldiers at the Capitol this coming Friday.
The governor said the program aims to thank the soldiers for the sacrifices they made for the country.
On Sunday, Duterte, during the closing rites of the 38th MassKara Festival in Bacolod City, told the public to treat the soldiers well because they really went to hell and others didn’t make it.
They sacrificed for the country, the President said.
Duterte also reminded the public to be prepared for any eventuality even if the crisis in Marawi City is over.
He said he doesn’t want it will happen again, especially in the Visayas.
The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental launched this week a fund-raising drive dubbed “Negros Cares” for the rehabilitation of Marawi.
Marañon urged his fellow Negrenses to help the rehabilitation efforts of the National Government.