From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Feb 7): BANTAY KAPAYAAN | 8ID Activates 93IB to Defeat NPA Terrorists in Eastern Visayas
CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Phillippine Army activated the 93rd Infantry (Bantay Kapayapaan) Battalion with Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID as the keynote speaker at 8th Battalion Retraining Facilities (8BRF), Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan Samar on February 5, 2018.
The activation of this unit is purposely to prevent the spill-over of hostilities in the aftermath of Marawi crisis, destroy the Communist Terrorists the soonest possible time and assist the government agencies in addressing illegal drugs and Private Armed Groups (PAGs).
“Bantay Kapayapaan” Battalion is headed by Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma is composed of brave and proficient Officers and Enlisted Personnel that will augment the Infantry units in Eastern Visayas.
In his message, Maj. Gen. Farnacio said, “I have every ounce of my confidence and high expectation of your capability as a unit to accomplish your mission. For one, most of you are seasoned officers and soldiers who have already accumulated trainings, experience and operational backgrounds of fighting our enemy in this rugged terrain of Samar and Leyte.”
“Like any other battalion, I know that you would form your own culture and identity as a unit. I challenge you therefore to go beyond the brand, and instead strive to create the prestige of a unit that is known for its performance excellence, empowerment, commitment and accomplishments,” Farnacio added. 8DPAO / MCAG