June 17, 2024
EMPATHY — The 54th Infantry Battalion under commanding officer Lt/Col. Ricardo Gary Garcia III and Vice Gov. Joy Bernos personally handed over cash assistance to the family of PFC Jimmy Viernes, one of the two soldiers who were killed during an ambush by the New People’s Army in Licuan-Baay on Oct. 27. Viernes and PFC Aries Bautista were with fellow soldiers who were conducting humanitarian assistance and relief drive for victims of earthquake when they were ambushed. — 24th IB photo