On this very special day, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation and admiration to all the Matapat fathers – the father-soldiers of the 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion.

Your unwavering dedication and commitment to duty serve as a shining example of fatherhood. As you continue to serve the people of Zamboanga del Sur, your role as fathers becomes even more significant.

I want to honor each and every one of you for your invaluable service, not only as soldiers but also as loving and caring fathers. Your sacrifices and selflessness have contributed greatly to the declaration of Zamboanga del Sur as an insurgency-free and development-ready province thereby ensuring a peaceful life for all our children.

Your determination and resilience in fulfilling your sworn mandates are truly commendable.

May your courage, resilience, and sacrifice serve as a beacon of inspiration and may you continue to exemplify the true meaning of being a Matapat trooper: ‘Maaasahan’ and ‘Mapagkakatiwalaan.’

Your passion and enthusiasm in carrying out your tasks, duties, and responsibilities as soldiers and fathers inspire those around you to strive for excellence.

On this special occasion of Father’s Day, I want to wish all of you a heartfelt and joyous celebration. May your bond with your children grow stronger with each passing day, and may you continue to be guiding lights in their lives.

Thank you for your exceptional service to our country, and Happy Father’s Day!


Commanding Officer, 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion

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