Col. Arnulfo Matanguihan yesterday replaced newly-promoted Brig. Gen. Allan Martin as commander of the 302nd IB, that was recently redeployed from Negros Oriental to Bohol.
Martin has been designated as the assistant division commander of the Army's 9th Infantry Division in Bicol Region.
During his stint as 302nd IB commander, Negros Oriental was declared as peaceful and ready for further development, military records show. The infantry brigade unit was recently deployed to Bohol, following the expansion of the 3ID area of operations to Central Visayas.
Almost one-third of the Visayas region is now under the 3rd Infantry Division, including the islands of Panay, Guimaras, Negros, Siquijor, Cebu and Bohol, with Samar and Leyte placed under the operational control of the Army's 8th Infantry Division.
Matanguihan, in his acceptance speech during the turnover of command ceremony held at Carmen, Bohol, vowed to secure the investments in Central Visayas, and prevent the resurgence of insurgency that once hampered the growth and development of Bohol.
Lt. Col. Rey Tiongson, 3ID Public Affairs Office chief, said Matanguihan urged every soldier in his command to always adhere to human rights, international humanitarian law, and the rule of law as the unit maintains its record of zero human rights violation.
On the other hand, Brig. Gen. Harold Cabreros congratulated Martin for a job well done, as he expressed his full confidence on the leadership of Matanguihan to bring great ideas and further enthusiasm to the brigade.
Matanguihan is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, with Col. Francisco Delfin, 303 rd Infantry Brigade commander, and Brig. Dinoh Dolina, 3ID assistant Division commander, as among his classmates.*GPB
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