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PBBM confident AFP can secure Bangsamoro parliamentary polls

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is confident the 6th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines can successfully secure peace and order for the May 2025 Bangsamoro parliamentary elections.

In his talk to the troops on Monday , President Marcos said their roles have become even more crucial as the country moves forward into the future that is safe and secure as envisioned under the “Bagong Pilipinas.”

“The upcoming first BARMM parliamentary elections in May 2025 will represent a milestone in our journey towards a meaningful autonomy and a peaceful Bangsamoro,” President Marcos said, referring to the parliamentary polls of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“I am sure that you have the ability, I know you have the ability to secure a safe and honest conduct of these elections as this will lay the groundwork for a Bagong Pilipinas. I am confident that the entire Filipino nation can count on you for this very important undertaking,” he added.

President Marcos talked to the troops at Camp Siongco where he led the awarding of Distinguished Conduct Star (DCS) to two soldiers and Gold Cross Medal (GCM) to three soldiers for their heroism in an encounter with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan Faction (BIFF-KF).

The chief executive hopes the soldiers will be inspired by the awards and recognition they received to fulfill their calling and perform their mandates more courageously and wholeheartedly.

“As your President, I join the rest of the Philippines in giving you my snappiest salute and express my deepest gratitude to you for your sacrifice. You can [be] rest assured that, while you defend our nation against all threats, this government will continue to nurture your welfare and that of course, of your families,” he said.

“You are an inspiration to us all, it is through your valiant efforts that we will build a strong Mindanao and a more prosperous Bagong Pilipinas for the present and for future generations,” he added.

Aside from this, President Marcos also visited wounded-in-action soldiers at the Camp Siongco Station Hospital and gave them DCS awards and handed over financial assistance to each of them. *|PND*