8ID sends-off one
battalion to Mindanao
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 23, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division,
Philippine Army sent one of its Battalions to Mindanao in a send-off
ceremony conducted at Catarman Airport on March 20, 2015.
In a simple but meaningful
program, the 34th Infantry Battalion was given a plaque of
appreciation in recognition of their valuable services rendered to the
people of Eastern Visayas. The Assistant Division Commander, Colonel
Demy T Tejares, presented the Plaque to Lt Col Edgar Delos Reyes, the
Army Battalion’s Commanding Officer as he received the award in behalf
of the members of the 34th Infantry Battalion.
Along this line, Lt Col.
Delos Reyes reported for completeness of his battalion which was
immediately followed by inspection of troops by the Guest of Honor
prior to boarding the Air Force C-130 plane.
Col. Tejares in his remarks
urged the troops to be disciplined at all times for they will assume
new areas and engaged new people with peculiar culture. He urged them
to put primary in respecting the culture of the people they are going
to deal with as well as their rights as embedded in our constitutions.
“I also served in Mindanao
and I know the challenges that await you as soon as your battalion set
foot in those ground. Don’t forget to be steadfast and make the 8th
Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division proud of you”, said Tejares.
The unit will be stationed
in the province of Maguindanao, to support the ongoing AFP operations
against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF), Justice for
Islamic Movement (JIM) and other Lawless elements which had been
undermining, the peace and development efforts of the Aquino