Sen. Marcos vows to help ‘Buddy’ Scout Rangers

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“Buddy” ritual, Senator Bongbong Marcos drank wine and did push-ups as a camaraderie gesture.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. renewed ties, vowed his support as he encouraged his Scout Ranger “Buddies”, members of the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) of the Philippine Army to continue pursuing their goal of activating an alumni list to network with both active and retired Scout Ranger “Buddies” nationwide and world-wide.

Marcos announced his willingness to help his Alumni “Buddies” during their 65th Founding Anniversary Celebration themed “FSRR at 65: Honoring the Excellence and Dedication to Serve from the Past to Present,” held last Wednesday at the covered court of Camp Pablo Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan.

“Doon sa pag-organize ng Alumni Association, palagay ko, suwerte rin tayo dahil​ mayroon ng internet. Siguro naman ay madaling macontact lahat. So, kailangan ang una natin gawin ay to identify where all the former Rangers, Retired Rangers, makakuha tayo man lang ng email address nila.”

“It is only also but fitting to recognize Scout Rangers whether they are currently in the active service or retired. As “Buddies”, we should assist and help each other especially those who are in need.”

Marcos enthused, “I am very happy to be able to return to see all of you dito sa bagong Headquarters dahil iyung dati sa amin sa Tanay, hindi ganito kaganda. Kung saan-saan lang kami nagkaklase.”

During the anniversary celebration, Marcos a graduate of the Scout Ranger Course and a member of the 74th Class reminisced about his experience during the training when he was submerged in water while his parents, the late President Marcos and Imelda Marcos, currently a Congresswoman, were watching.

“Sabi ko noong natanggap ko ang inyong imbitasyon, mabuti siguro mabalikan ko at makita ko iyung aking mga “Buddies” lalo na iyung mga nagpalublob sa akin sa tubig..”

“Habang nag-aalmusal ako, sabi ko, ‘Anong oras dapat dadating iyung aambushin natin?’ Sabi nila, dapat mga 6 o’clock. 7 o’clock na, wala pa. Pagbaba namin. Nagpaputok kami. Nagpabagsak kami ng kahoy. Baba kami. Pagbaba hinuhuli na kami. E and E na. Iyan na noong sinasabi ni Master na ilublob kami sa tubig. Habang tinanggal iyung sapatos ko, tinanggal iyung boots ko, inenterrogate kami.”

“Ang nanunuod iyung parents ko. Ang Tatay ko at saka Nanay ko. Paglublob sa akin sa tubig, nakita ko, sabi ko, iyung Nanay ko naaawa sa akin. Iyung Tatay ko tawa ng tawa. Sabi niya, ‘Sige, sige, ilublob ninyo!’. Sabi ko, pambihira ito. Sundalo talaga ito.”

“So, iyung mga memories na iyan at iyung pagsasama sa ating mga tropa ay syempre habang buhay hindi makakalimutan.”

“One of my regrets is hindi ko napadaan sa military training ang aking tatlong anak na lalaki dahil sila’y nag-aaral sa labas ng bansa. But lagi kong binabanggit at lagi kong pinapaalala sa kanila na siguro malaking bahagi sa aking pagkatao ay ang pagtraining ko sa military. Naramdaman ko kung ano iyung comraderie. Naramdaman ko kung ano iyung sakripisyo na ginagawa ng military.”

In conclusion, after doing a “one week” or 10 push-ups and drinking wine as a “ritual” of the FSRR, Marcos professed, “We should give due and deserved recognition by conferring honors to deceased Scout Rangers, I think it is a good idea na ibigay sa mga nasawi nating mga kasamahan ang karangalan.”

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