Gen. Gilbert Gapay, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), assured the full support of the military leadership to the personnel of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade when he visited them at their headquarters in Iligan City Friday.
The AFP chief commended the 2Mech for their contributions in maintaining peace and order in Northern Mindanao, particularly during the formation of Bangsamoro Administrative Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in 2019.
The 2Mech has operational control over Iligan City and Lanao del Norte under the supervision of the 1st Infantry Division (1ID).
“The role of (the) 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade has been very instrumental in the success of BARMM and in the passage of BOL because we were able to keep at bay the armed component of other armed groups and forge the peace agreement with the government,” Gapay said.
The AFP chief also commended the brigade for its accomplishments in supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its law enforcement operations.
“In terms of law enforcement, (the) 2nd Mechanized Brigade made a huge contribution in supporting the PNP in anti-crime activities, and recently we have some accomplishments in neutralizing syndicate groups which are involved in drugs, kidnapping, carnapping, and in other illegal activities,” Gapay said.
Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox Jr., commander of 2Mech, presented to Gapay various fireaarms that were surrendered, captured, or confiscated during the brigade’s law enforcement and combat operations.
“The 2nd Mechanized Brigade has contributed a lot in our mission especially in internal security operations. We have really maintained the peace and established an environment fit for sustainable development in our AOR (area of resoonsibility),” he said.
Gapay led the donning of ranks ceremony for Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao who was commissioned in the reserve force with a rank of lieutenant colonel.