From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 6): Army's 402nd Brigade has new commander
The 402nd Infantry (Stinger) Brigade of the Philippine Army under the 4th
Infantry Division has a new commander starting today after its outgoing
commanding officer was promoted to become the adjutant general of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In a change of command ceremony held 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kalayaan Hall,
Camp Bancasi, Barangay Bancasi, this city, 402nd Brigade Commander Col. Ronald
Albano turned over the helm of the command to Col. Vicente Maligmat as
officer-in-charge of the said brigade.
Presiding the turnover rites was the commanding general of the 4th Infantry
(Diamond Division) Major Gen. Nestor A. Anonuevo, attended by local government
officials, regional directors of the line agencies, the regional and provincial
police and the top Army officials operating in Caraga region.
In his message for the occasion, Maj. Gen. Anonuevo reminded the officers and
personnel of the 402nd Brigade to continue the good performance and
accomplishments it had achieved under the stewardship of Col. Albano.
He also reminded the Army of its vital role especially in spearheading the
implementation of the President’s Executive Order 23 and the anti-illegal
logging operations in the region together with the DENR, besides the internal
Another challenge for the Army, according to Anonuevo, is maintaining the
security and fairness of the forthcoming elections. The Army, he said, should
always be ready to assist the Philippine National Police and the Commission on
Elections (Comelec) in ensuring the success and credibility of the coming
political exercise as it is the foundation of the country’s democracy.