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First star falls on two 8th ID army generals

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
March 26, 2010

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar  –  Their first ever star fell on the shoulders of two army generals from the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) Philippine Army today.

BGen. Alan Luga, commander of the 802nd Brigade and BGen. Joel Ibañez, commander of the Army Reserve Command got their hard earned ‘first star’ today.

Luga whose brigade is based in Carmen, Bohol turned up here today and was welcomed with arrival honors by the 8th ID (Storm Troopers), Ibañez also received the same honors.

Luga in his message offered his promotion to his family.

“For the past 29 years, I was an absentee-father and husband, so that I offer this to my family who offered so much sacrifice,” Luga addressed the hundereds of government troops who afforded him honors.

“Don’t forget your families, as they will be the ones to welcome you, after you have retired.”

Meanwhile, Ibañez said his assignment to 8th ID in Samar made him ‘cleanse’ his tarnished name and prove his detractors false in their accusations in his former post in Davao.

Though the new general did not explicitly pronounce the hounding issue, the spectators felt it was a big deal for him not to forget that easily.

His promotion, he said proves that he is a man who is decisive and will execute a difficult and unpopular decision.

“I have proven that ‘hindi utak pulbura si Ibañez,” he added.

Assistant Division Commander Alex Cabales affirmed Ibañez claim by mentioning the merits, Ibañez earned at 8th ID.

The series of successful encounters and operations against the rebels has been implemented through the supervision of Ibañez as AdCom, Cabales added.

For his part, 8th ID Commanding General Arthur Tabaquero praised the two generals for the hard-earned and well deserved stars. He also reminded them to share the honors to those who have contributed to their ‘star’.

To those with lower ranks he advised:

“Don’t be so fixated with promotions, just do your job and your hard work will be noticed and will be like a key that will open endless doors for career advancement” Tabaquero inspired his troops.