New Joint Task Force-NCR head a counter-terrorism expert: AFP chief

By Priam Nepomuceno

January 4, 2018, 12:40 pm

MANILA -- Newly-appointed Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) commander Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado's expertise in counter-terrorism will greatly aid in securing Metro Manila against the threat.

“His record of service speaks of his capability, capacity and commitment. Your expertise and experience in counterterrorism will be of great value in our peace and security efforts here in NCR,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero said Wednesday.

Arrojado, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1984, gained his counter-terrorism expertise commanding the 501st Infantry Brigade and Joint Task Force Sulu, units tasked to go after the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorist threat.

He also commanded the 601st Infantry Brigade in North Cotabato where it helped in containing the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Arrojado also served as deputy commander of the Cebu-based Central Command.

Guerrero said Arrojado's expertise on counter-terrorism is clearly shown ” having served in positions of major responsibility" against the ASG and BIFF.

Arrojado replaced Brig. Gen. Jesus Manangquil, a member of PMA Class of 1985, who is now the incoming commander of the Bicol-based 9th Infantry Division.

“We are confident that BGen Arrojado will sustain the momentum set by his predecessor,” the AFP chief said. (PNA)