Father’s Day Message
Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista
Commander, Joint Task Force Marawi
Every third Sunday of June marks a day when we recognize one of the most important persons in our life. We are reminded to honor our fathers, who have tremendously contributed to what we have become today.
This day also marks our fatherhood and the bonding we have with our children and family, who are the very reason why we strive to live. We serve because we love our country. We live because we love our family.
Let me borrow the words of Walter Schirra: “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
As your Division Commander, I symbolically raise you as my children and lead you in fulfilling our mandate as public servants and land protectors. There is no greater hurt that may be inflicted to a father’s heart than seeing his children die and perish in the battlefield.
My heart goes with our fellow-soldiers who gave their ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace here Marawi City. My heart goes with their loved ones, who are grieving, who are now just left with memories of our heroes.
Fathers are like soldiers who are protectors of their children. Fathers are not only providers for their families. They are also most importantly teachers, influencers and protectors.
As we do our best to protect our families, we also exert our best efforts in fulfilling our duties to protect our land. On Father’s Day, we cannot be there with our children because of our call of duty. We cannot be with our children today because we are serving the people and we are protecting the land.
Let us appreciate our fathers and let us appreciate ourselves as fathers to our children. As fathers and soldiers, let us all continue to be caring, strong, compassionate, and honest.
Let us be the best gift our children and our families ever had. And in maintaining peace, let us also be the best gift our nation will have.
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