Army holds artillery demo in Isabela

ZAMBOANGA. Army’s 8th Field Artillery Battalion troops hold an artillery demonstration during Basilan’s “Pakaradjaan Festival” Saturday. (Bong Garcia)

THE Army’s 8th Field Artillery Battalion (FAB) gave the public a firing demonstration in Isabela City, Basilan, as part of a festival marking the province’s 41st anniversary.

Captain Christian Agonos, said the demonstration aims to show the proper use of artillery during a combat mission.

“Now the public is informed that before we use artillery there should be complete data such as the enemy position,” Agonos said.

He said the demonstration is also meant to dispel accusations that soldiers fire artillery indiscriminately during a military offensive.

They fired a blank 105-mm howitzer round during the demonstration, which was held at the provincial capitol grounds.

The demonstration attracted hundreds of spectators, including government officials and employees and students, who had gathered for the anniversary celebration, dubbed as the Pakaradjaan Festival.

A grand parade from the athletic field to the provincial capitol grounds was participated in by delegates from the province’s two cities and 11 towns.
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