photo shows MSgt. Estafia rendering his last salute to LCol.
Nedy Espulgar, the commanding officer of 19IB. Right photo shows
MSgt. Estafia delivering his parting message to his colleagues
during a simple ceremony held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the
19IB HQ in Brgy. Aguiting, Kanaga, Leyte.
(Photo by AB Bayani)
soldier recognized, urges colleagues to be good public servants
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
April 30, 2014
KANANGA, Leyte –
Soldiers of the 19th Infantry Battalion during its regular flag
raising ceremony on Monday, April 28 recognized a senior
non-commissioned officer who is retiring after 31 years and seven days
of struggle in the military service.
Master Sergeant Benjamin
Javier Estafia who hailed from St. Bernard, Southern Leyte was given
certificate of recognition by Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar for his
invaluable and dedicated services to 19IB where he has been assigned
months after his enlistment in the regular force of the Philippine
Army on April 1, 1982. His wife, Nida Estafia also received a
certificate of appreciation.
As Estafia bids farewell
from the military service, his colleagues in 19IB commended and
thanked him, not just by his subordinates but also the officers who
had learned much from him in all aspects of the military.
In his parting message,
Estafia tearfully recalled the hardships and sacrifices he had
experienced and the various positions which he held while with 19IB.
He gained positions such as
team leader, squad leader and company first sergeant because of his
dedication in his assigned tasks and duties. He is both a combatant
and a community relations specialist.
In his early years, Estafia
also had survived two (2) NPA-initiated ambushes, one of which was on
January 5, 1987 in Brgy. Rawis, Laoang, Northern Samar where he was
"I have reached the peak of
the military service and hurdled different obstacles. You can also
surpass the same challenges if you, my fellow soldiers exercise the
legacy of being good followers and public servants", Estafia stressed.
Lt. Col. Espulgar said the
service rendered by Master Sergeant Estafia is one of the longest in
the history of 19IB and the hardest to achieve for every soldier.
"I hope we can all retire
like Master Sergeant Benjamin Estafia, whose service cannot be equaled
if we deviate from the true traditions and mandate of the Philippine
Army. Let us all remain steadfast to the Internal Peace and Security
Plan Bayanihan and the Army Transformation Roadmap as our guides in
serving the people, securing the land", Lt. Col. Espulgar concluded.