FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – For the first time in the 7th Infantry Division’s recent history, two military and a police general played “Ninong” (Godfathers) to a seven-month-old baby daughter of a former rebel-couple during simple baptismal rites held inside the military camp named after a former Philippine president here on Friday.
The three generals – Army Lt. Gen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey, Northern Luzon Command chief, Maj. Gen. Lenard T. Agustin, 7TH Infantry “Kaugnay” Division commander, and Police Brig. Gen. Rhodel Orden Sermonia, Police Regional Office 3 chief, bore witness as principal sponsors to the christening of “Shaira Mae,” the baby daughter of Ka Megan and Ka Ninoy, two former rebels who surrendered to the 7th ID recently.
The baptismal rites were solemnized at the St. John the Worker chapel inside the camp at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
It was hosted by the 7ID as a sign of goodwill to the former rebel-couple who are now cooperating with the government and are eager to give their daughter a peaceful life, away from the hardships and dangers of being a New People’s Army rebel, said Maj. Isagani Gutierrez, 7th ID spokesman.