By Marie Marticio
CATBALOGAN CITY – The return of the 46th Infantry Battalion here is expected to beef up the anti-insurgency campaign in Eastern Visayas.
The 8th Infantry Division commander, Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio. said the 46th IB is also expected to bolster efforts to maintain peace and order during the midterm elections next year.
He lauded the men and women of 46IB for a job well-done during their stint in Eastern Mindanao for over a decade.
“46IB’s homecoming will be of great help in strengthening the government’s effort towards conflict prevention, peace and development in conflict-affected areas in partnership with our stakeholders,” Farnacio said.
He also challenged the battalion to display its utmost commitment in addressing internal threats such as terrorism, criminality, and drug trafficking as these will result in peace and stability in Eastern Visayas.
The 46th IB returned on October 16 after a decade of service in Mindanao.
The welcome ceremony was held at the 8ID Battalion Retraining Facilities, at Camp Eugenio Daza in Hinabangan, Samar.
Last July, the 63rd Infantry Battalion, one of the Philippine Army’s units sent to thwart local terrororts, also returned to Eastern Visayas.