By Priam Nepomuceno

GOOD WORK. AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. talks to the troops of the 8th Infantry Division (8ID) assigned at the forward operating detachment in Las Navas, Samar on Wednesday (Dec. 20, 2023). The military chief recognized the hard work of 8ID troops in neutralizing communist insurgents in their area of operation. (Photo courtesy of the AFP)

MANILA – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. feted the troops of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8ID) for their efforts in neutralizing the remaining New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents in their area.

“I am very proud that the 8th ID and JTF (Joint Task Force) Storm have achieved so much and accomplished so much that contributed to the success of our campaign against the communist terrorist group in this area. Because of this, there are no more active guerilla fronts here and we are confident that we can finish the fight against the remaining weakened enemy formations next year,” Brawer said during his visit to one of the 8ID’s forward operating detachment in Las Navas, Samar on Wednesday.

Brawner visited the outpost as he delivered the Christmas gifts and wishes to the troops manning the outpost.

He did the same during his visit to 8ID headquarters in Catbalogan City.

“Recalling his experience as a young officer operating against communist terrorists in the boundaries of Las Navas, Matuginao, and Jipapad, the CSAFP (Chief of Staff AFP) who was then commander of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion and Special Operations Task Group-Samar, also lauded the 8th ID’s accomplishments that resulted in the weakening of guerilla fronts in the area,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Xerxes Trinidad said. (PNA)