Jimlani, a public servant to the last day - Col. Luga
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (24 April) -- TASK FORCE (TF) Davao Commander Colonel Alan Luga yesterday hailed soldiery as another exemplary form of public service seen in the dedication of his retiring deputy commander Lt. Col. Yusop Jimlani.
"His dedication to work and the uniformed services is worthy of emulation", Luga said of his deputy commander as guest speaker of the joint quarterly flag-raising ceremony of all national government agencies in Region XI on Monday, April 23, 2007 at the Ramon Magsaysay Park in Davao City.
Except for those who are close to the former AFP intelligence officer, Jimlani was unrecognizable in his civilian trousers and dark long-sleeved shirt since the Muslim army officer was seen for the first time in civilian clothes.
"Up to the last day of his services last March 31, 2007, Col. Jimlani was still wearing his military uniform while others have already stopped working even months before they go into retirement," Luga said during the rites which recognizes the officer's unquantified contribution to the overall peace and order campaign in Davao.
As a soldier having received the WPM (Wounded Personnel Medal) , Jimlani is known for his exploits as a marksman and intelligence officer behind enemy lines and is most thankful of "coming out of the military service alive and whole."
When the administration of then President Corazon Aquino was besieged with a number of coup de' etats, Jimlani was right behind his Commander-In-Chief as an aide de camp.
As the deputy commander of the battalion-sized Task Force Davao starting with Col. Eduardo del Rosario, Jimlani was mainly responsible for uniting the majority of the Muslim leaders in Davao into an association that works for their own welfare and as a citizens arm for peace and unity.
Among Jimlani's well-wishers were top officials of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA XI) which issued him a citation and certificate of appreciation for a job well done during the joint flag-raising.
He retains the post as TF Davao consultant, a position many public officials believed is tailor-made for the Muslim officer who has deep knowledge of the workings of peace and security in Davao.
"He is not only a soldier but also a public servant" Col. Luga said of the retiring TF Davao deputy commander. (PIA XI) [top]