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    “15th IB-Molave Warriors”
    By: Joseph C. Ceriales


    It is decent to try to live for one’s self but it is noble to live for another. And in this era of struggle for survival, the latter happens to be an unfavored option and not a priority. While this reality proves to be heartbreaking, faith in humanity is restored in stories told from unknown corners of the Earth. Stories which are born not just to be told but to be lived. And one of these stories of hope, honor and heroism is unfolding at Barangay Bagumbayan, Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte.


    Serving a large province from Mindanao, this distinguished troupe from Lanao del Norte tirelessly stood as frontliners of both for the offense and defense against the presence of rebels. With the loads of modern warfare, they continue to persevere for their fellowmen selflessly.


    But their heroic deeds do not just end there. Putting their guns aside, they plant the seeds of hope in the communities where they are assigned. They lead major activities in delivering the needs of the residents in their area. Spearheading projects like Basic Literacy Programs with the Army Literacy Patrol System for underprivileged individuals from far flung areas, these soldiers have redefined peace building and moved beyond. Truly, from security, basic commodities, education and other essential services, they emerged champions of the spirit of Internal Peace and Security Plan “bayanihan” through community building. They filled the gaps in every family’s needs, despite having to stay away from their own families. They spent restless nights and busy mornings, all to deliver what ought to be delivered to their fellow Filipinos. They do not have superpowers. They are ordinary soldiers doing simple acts of greatness. They do not expect heroic burials for the hopefully far tomorrow. They only think of a better today – not for them but for everybody else.


    Here, they exemplify that honor is not a medal or a pin but a way of life. Behind their strong build are hearts overflowing with love for service and integrity. As they thrive in the spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan, they have developed the culture of serving the less fortunate brothers and sisters from the camp to the hinterlands.


    The hope they have given to their community should never be understated. Through Col. Leomar Jose Doctolero, New Battalion Commander, 15th IB 3rd ID, Philippine Army and with MGEN Aurelio B. Baladad AFP, Commander, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division Philippine Army and everyone in the 15th Infantry Brigade, more and more Filipinos see their camouflage uniforms as a sign of hope and not of hostility. More Filipinos will look at their uniforms with smiles on their faces and not fears in their eyes.


    If every public servant from every sector of the Philippine Government shall adapt to the same values which the 15 IB upholds, progress shall be underway. The future shall be brighter and better.


    Snappiest salutes are due to every life compromising the 15th Infantry Brigade. Throughout history, the AFP has always championed the aspirations of the Filipino People, Indeed, they are inspirations that a life is not about what you have but what you can give. They have determinedly given hope to every person they encountered, thus making them fit for honor as heroes of modern day.


    MABUHAY ang 15th Infantry Brigade (Molave Warrior) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Kauswagan, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines!

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