CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, March 26 (PIA) – The 8th Infantry (STORMTROOPER) Division, Philippine Army, sent one of its battalions to Mindanao in a send-off ceremony at the Catarman Airport on Friday, March 20, 2015.

In a simple but meaningful program, the 34th Infantry Battalion was recognized for its valuable services to the people of Eastern Visayas. The Assistant Division Commander, Colonel Demy T Tejares, presented a Plaque to Lt Col Edgar Delos Reyes, the Army Battalion’s Commanding Officer.

Tejares inspected the troops as Delos Reyes reported the completeness of his battalion before boarding the Air Force C-130 plane.

The army official urged the troops to be disciplined at all times for they will assume new areas and engage new people with peculiar culture. He urged them to respect the culture of the people they are going to deal with, as well as their rights as embedded in our constitution.

“I also served in Mindanao and I know the challenges that await your battalion. 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 Maguidanao, to support the ongoing army operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF), Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) and other lawless elements undermining the peace and development efforts of the Aquino administration. (ajc/nbq/PIA 8-Samar with 8th IDPAO)