“GINGOOG CITY GIVES HERO’S WELCOME TO CPL LUPIBA”
A meaningful flag raising ceremony was felt by Gingoognons on November 22, 2015 when Cpl Adones Jess M Lupiba, the soldier who sacrificed himself for the safety of civilians and now considered as the “Hero of Alagatan” joins them together with his team who secured government projects during an NPA attack at Brgy Alagatan, Gingoog City on July 11, 2015. During the event, a tearful reunion among the squad members who defended the barangay also took place except for its leader, Cpl Nadir M Bairulla who offered the ultimate sacrifice of his life during the said incident.
Hon. Miguel Paderanga, Chairman of Gingoog City Peace and Order Committee aptly conveyed the sentiments of the populace. During his message, he said “We are all proud of you for your patriotism and sacrifices in protecting the people of Gingoog City, selflessly giving even your own life in the name of service to our country and people”. Emotional employees of the City Government together with civilians from Brgy. Alagatan later offered boquetes of Roses to the soldiers who gallantly defended their place.
Plaques of Recognition were also awarded by Mayor Marie Guingona to Cpl Lupiba and the late Cpl Bairulla for their acts of heroism in giving utmost concern for the safety of innocent civilians in Brgy Alagatan despite grave dangers to thier very own lives.
“Best day of my life” is how Cpl Adones Jess M Lupiba described his feeling after the ceremony. He further added that “This act of appreciation and gratitude further strengthened my resolve to continue serving our people through the Armed Forces”.
For her part, Hon. Emelyn Bucio, Brgy Chairman of Alagatan who was celebrating her birthday said “This is the best gift i ever recieved, the day our hero was released.”
After the ceremony, Cpl Lupiba was treated to a “boodlefight” by LTC JOSE ERIEL M NIEMBRA, the commanding officer as well as other personnel of 58IB at its headquarters in Claveria, Misamis Oriental wherein he told the troops “I never expected i will be seeing you again”.