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Campaign to End Local Armed Conflict, Surmounts the Roads of Manila-Bicol

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur- At least one hundred motorcycle enthusiasts from the National Capital Region and Southern Luzon converged to join PMA’s “Hinirang” Class ’87 motorbike tour from Quezon City to Pili, Camarines Sur today June 8. 

 

Aiming to raise awareness on the government’s campaign to “End Local Communist Armed Conflict” or ELCAC, motorcycle riders from different motorbike clubs in Manila and Bicol spearheaded by the PNP’s Highway Patrol Group, joined the “Sama-Samang Lakbay with Hinirangs” sponsored by the PMA’s alumni.

 

The biker’s long trek along the South Expressway and through the Maharlika Highway in Bicol started around 4AM at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Stop over points were place along Malvar, Batangas, in the towns of Candelaria, Gumaca and Calauag in Quezon province, Sta. Elena in Camarines Norte and Sipocot in Camarines Sur, where bikers took short rest before proceeding to the next stop over.

 

Along the way, leaflets about the ELCAC were also distributed.

 

At around 4PM, the weary but cheerful riders started to enter the gate of Camp Elias Angeles in group which also served as the finish line and end point of the tour. Finally before the sun sat down, at 5PM all bikers are all inside the camp safe and sound. The 9th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Fernando Trinidad, warmly welcomed the participants with a sumptuous dinner through a “boodlefight” after short a simple closing ceremony at the camp’s General Lukban Grandstand. 

 

Committed to the goal of pushing the communist terrorist group to its natural death, theorganizers so as the Spear Division are positive that the campaign will be a great help not just in spreading information but also in encouraging the public to rally with the government in its consistent effort to end the armed struggle and work hand in hand towards peace and development.

 

In the entire Philippines, Bicol Region is one of the very first regions to create the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) where 9ID is an active member.