CAMP OSITO D BAHIAN located in Impalambong, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon was named in honor of an unsung hero who was killed in ambush while on his way on a supposed peace negotiation.
In a press release yesterday, April 9, 2019, the 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade of the Philippine Army headquartered at the camp commemorated the Araw ng Kagitingan with the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the bust monument which also coincided with the 34th death anniversary of Col. Bahian. The unsung hero was remembered and honored through a 21-Gun Salute in the presence of his daughters Mrs. Ann Lucille Bahian Adag and Mrs Aileen Marie Bahian Cruzado.
Born on October 7, 1929 in Tuburan, El Salvador City, Col Bahian was a teacher and later principal of Xavier de Initao High School and an instructor at San Isidro College in Malaybalay City before he joined the Philippine Army on March 1, 1969.
On April 9, 1985, while serving as Battalion Commander of the 30th Infantry Battalion, he was killed in an ambush by NPA terrorists in Brgy. Tungao, Butuan City along with 8 other army soldiers while on his way to a supposed peace negotiation with the NPA. Read related news HERE.
Read the marker on his bust below.
As a tribute to a fallen hero, no less than the Philippine Congress recognized the exemplary duty with courage, honor and dedication of the late Col. Osito Bahian by renaming the military reservation in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon into Camp Osito Bahian thru Batas Pambansa Bilang 6724 on 27 April 1986.
all photos courtesy from 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade Philippine Army FB page – read full article in the link below.