PROMOTED. Philippine Army (PA) commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay poses with 39 newly-promoted generals in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2019). These officers occupy the highest command positions among Company and Field Grade Officers. (Photo courtesy of Army Chief Public Affairs Office)

MANILA -- Philippine Army (PA) commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay on Wednesday formally received 39 newly-promoted Army generals in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday.

He told the newly promoted general officers that their promotions are a testament to the hard work, self-sacrifice, and dedication to duty that has brought them this far.

The generals also took their oath on Monday before President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Given the stars that you bear on your shoulders, we expect that there will be more responsibilities and more feats that you will be able to accomplish,” Gapay added.

The newly-promoted generals officers were Lt. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of Western Mindanao Command; Lt. Gen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey, Commander of Northern Luzon Command; Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, Commander of Central Command; Maj. Gen. Reynaldo M. Aquino, Vice Commanding General of the Philippine Army; Maj. Gen. Andres C. Centino, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, AFP; Maj. Gen. Divino Rey C. Pabayo Jr., Commander of Special Operations Command, AFP; Maj. Gen. Tyne T. Bañas, Chief of Installation Management Command; Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division; Maj. Gen. Adrian D. Sanchez Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Service, AFP; Maj. Gen. Corleto S. Vinluan Jr., Commander of 11th Infantry “Alakdan” Division; Maj. Gen. Adriano S. Perez Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel;

Maj. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos Jr., Commander of 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division; Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Y. Regondola Jr., Chief of the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group; Brig. Gen. Laurence E. Mina, Commander of 502nd Infantry Brigade (IBde); Brig. Gen. Edgardo Y. De Leon, Commander of 403rd IBde; Brig. Gen. Marceliano V. Teofilo, Assistant Division Commander of 2nd ID; Brig. Gen. Manuel V. Sequitin, Commander of 701st IBde; Brig. Gen. Glenn E. Cruz, Commander of Army Support Command; Brig. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy; Brig. Gen. Henry M. Doyaoen, Commander of the 503rd IBde; Brig. Gen. Lincoln Francisco T. Tagle, Commander of Special Forces Regiment (Airborne); Brig. Gen. Roy M. Galido, Chief of AFP Systems Engineering Office;

Brig. Gen. Antonio G. Nafarrette, Commander of 1101st IBde; Brig. Gen. Roberto S. Capulong, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense; Brig. Gen. Adonis R. Bajao, Commander of 1002nd IBde; Brig. Gen. Raymundo R. Acorda, Chief of AFP Human Rights Office; Brig. Gen. Maurito L. Licudine, Commander of the 402nd IBde; Brig. Gen. Efren P. Baluyot, Commander of the 1st Mechanized IBde; Brig. Gen. William L. Ilagan, Commander of General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command; Brig. Gen. Joselyn R. Bandarlipe, Commander of 53rd Engineer Brigade (EBde); Brig. Gen. Royland M. Orquia, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Materiel Development; Brig. Gen. Fernando V. Felipe, Commander of AFP Munitions Control Center;

Brig. Gen. Rodolfo V. Lavadia, Assistant Division Commander of 10th Infantry “Agila” Division; Brig. Gen. Vener Odilon D. Mariano, Commander of Army Signal Regiment; Brig. Gen. Nestor I. Abando, Commander 55th EBde; Brig. Gen. Facundo O. Palafox, Commander of 2nd Mechanized IBde; Brig. Gen. Antonio R. Lastimado, Commander of 203rd IBde; Brig. Gen. Raul S. Cino, Chief Chaplain Service; and Brig. Gen. Venus M. Bajardin, Chief Nurse.

These officers occupy the highest command positions among Company and Field Grade Officers.

Their rank’s star symbol is used in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Coat of Arms and was taken from the national flag representing the three major islands of the Philippines.

“Along with your new rank comes new challenges that will draw out the best in you. The future has more in store, as the Philippine Army continues to build up its capabilities as a reliable and formidable force,” Gapay said. (PNA)