CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. graced the 53rd commencement exercises of more than 2,000 students of the Mindanao State University (MSU) Main campus, Marawi City on 20 June 2018.
General Galvez expressed his admiration to the students and faculty of the MSU for carrying on with its academic schedule despite its close proximity to the exchange of fires in the Main Battle Area during the Marawi crisis last year.
“Such brave act became the symbol of hope among Maranaos and even our soldiers that Marawi City will soon recover and return to normal,” he said in his speech.
During the Marawi crisis, the AFP deployed additional troops to augment the security of MSU from external and internal threats. Despite the heavy firefight, the MSU opened its gates to the students who were determined to finish their education.
Last year in July, around 1,700 graduates of the MSU held their commencement exercises outside the main campus due to the ongoing firefight between Daesh-inspired terrorists and the government troops.
“Today, we welcome two thousand students who brought us hope in their success, your resilience to continue your studies despite the Marawi crisis inspired your soldiers. I’m supposed to give you an inspirational message today on your graduation but you instead inspired me, inspired the armed forces,” Gen. Galvez said.
“Rest assured that the AFP is always here to conquer every obstacle and defeat every enemy in order to keep this region peaceful and protect the people from the grips of harm,” he added.
General Galvez also emphasized that the triumphs of all graduates were also because of the hard work, perseverance, and dedication of their loving and supportive parents.
“Never forget to thank and honor your parents. Always show respect and honor to them until death.” Gen. Galvez concluded.