First star falls on
two 8th ID army generals
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
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
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.
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.