- The Philippine Army created a new battalion to end communist insurgency in Eastern Visayas
- Members of the new battalion are currently under training
- The new battalion would be deployed in Samar where the NPAs are active
The Philippine Army has created a new battalion to be deployed in Eastern Visayas in a bid to help end communist insurgency in the region.
The 500 soldiers that will compose the newly formed 93rd Infantry Battalion (93rd IB) are yet to be deployed as they are still undergoing training. One hundred twenty eight members of the new battalion are fresh graduates, while the rest are from the other units of the 8th Infantry Division.
According to PTV News, the 93rd IB, also known as Bantay Kapayapaan, is headed by Lt. Col. Hilarion Palma.
Capt. Francis Ragno, head of the Division Public Affairs Office of the 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, Samar province, said the members of the newly created and activated battalion would be deployed to any of the three Samar provinces – Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, where the New People’s Army is active.
Major Gen. Raul Farnacio, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division said that aside from crushing communist insurgency, the 93rd IB will also help prevent spill-over of hostilities after the Marawi City crisis, assist in the illegal drugs campaign and fight private armies.