A lot of citizens are wary towards the soldiers who are fighting on behalf of the country along the battlefields. But this is just because we don’t know them as much as we should so we actually know who is fighting for us. This way, we can also appreciate them on a deeper level.
Meet Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Cabunoc. Smiling as he might seem most of his time, he does have a serious side to him that enables him to battle fiercely on the battlefield.
He was born on January 2, 1973. He was raised in Dangcagan, Bukidnon. His father was a farmer and a three-term mayor of the town. His mother, a school mentor, was a retired public school teacher.
He studied Accountancy at the age of 16 when he enrolled at the Mindanao State University – Marawi City. While still studying, he then took the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entrance exams. On April 1, 1990, He passed and joined the military service as a cadet. Before graduating with his Bachelor of Science Degree in March 1994, he proved his athletic prowess by becoming an outstanding athlete when was a part of the varsity (Corps Squad) for Judo and powerlifting. In 1993, during a Powerlifting’s deadlift event, he was the only cadet of his time to set a Philippine record in the 60 kg class, proving his status as a Class A lifter.
By the time he completed his Infantry Officer Basic Course and joined the Armed Force of the Philippines, he was able to hold many assignments that expanded his versatility in the battlefield by holding both command and staff position.
Among his earliest designations was in January 1995 when he became the leader of the Special Operations Platoon, First Scout Ranger Regiment. Next was as a Platoon Leader of the 7th Scout Ranger Company that was deployed in Maguindanao, Bulacan, and Cotabato back in 1996. He was then transferred to Basilan and was designated as an Executive Officer of the 12th Scout Ranger Company back in 1998 and helped in elevating the company’s overall performance by being involved and contributing to the team’s training, administration, and operations. In fact, because of such leveling up on the teams’ individual performances, the 7th and 12th SRC’s were awarded as the Best SR Company in 1996 (7th SRC) and 1998 (12th SRC).
He also held many staffing positions. One of which was becoming the G4 and Deputy G1 as well as an Ex-O for the Scout Ranger Training Schol. He also became the Course Director of two specialization class, namely the Scout Ranger Course and Scout Sniper Course. From 2002 to 2003, he was also accredited for the efficient and effective handling of the FSRR Liason office.
Back in 2004, he handled the training for the Marksmanship Training Unit of the Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Until 2007, he was in charge of the training of the Army Shooting Team and implemented the Army-wide marksmanship training program. His prowess in sharpshooting is also something to take note off as he is one of the best in his field.
Posted by Harold Cabunoc on Sunday, September 17, 2017
His latest accomplishment involves the New People’s Army, a long-fought foe of the government. Together with the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, of which he leads, and Mayor Randy Ecija Jr of Sultan Kudarat ushered the surrender of the area’s NPA army. Then, before October ended, Lt. Col. Cabunoc met with the now former rebels, along with their families for a meeting in Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat. To see the whole moment, check out the video below.
Lt Col Harold M Cabunoc, the Commanding Officer of 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, engaged the former NPA rebels and their families during a meeting in Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat. The NPA surrenderors heeded the call of Lt Col Cabunoc and Mayor Randy Ecija Jr for them to lay down their arms before the start of an all out offensives against the NPA remnants. The local government has planned to promote Kulaman as an ecotourism destination. #SundalongMakabayan
Posted by 33rd Infantry Makabayan Battalion on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Through his career as a soldier, Lt Col Harold M. Cabunoc has received several and notable awards. The Distinguished Conduct Star – the second highest combat medal for bravery, 15 Military Merit Medals for his combat actions, seven Gold Cross Medals (3rd highest combat citation) for heroic combat actions, over 30 Military Merit Medals for administrative accomplishments, the Wounded Personnel Medal for performing at is best despite sustaining major injuries in Maguindanao are just some of his most notable decorations.
He has definitely proven himself worthy of his rank and he will continue to do everytime he picks up his rifle. Kudos to you sir!