Monday, November 25, 2013

Anti-coup military unit has new commander

From InterAksyon (Nov 25): Anti-coup military unit has new commander

 Brig Gen Rodelio Santos

The Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, the anti-coup unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) because of its proximity to the national seat of government, has a new commander.

Maj. Gen. Rodelio Santos, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983, took over the command from Maj. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta (PMA “Matpat” Class 1979), who reached his mandatory retirement of age 56.

The Army Division is based at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal which has operational jurisdiction over Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon).

Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes presided over the change of command ceremony.
With his promotion, Santos has vacated his former position as AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (OJ3) and his concurrent position as the Acting Chief of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Liaison (JPSCCL).

Before such positions he served as chief of staff of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division in Mindanao and commanded the 603rd Brigade, 6th Infantry Division. He also became the commanding officer of the 40th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division.

He was also assigned with the Presidential Security Group from 1995 to 1999.

As a young lieutenant, he served under the 49th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division as Platoon Leader of Alpha Company and later on as its Company Commander.

Santos garnered numerous medals and commendations, most notably of which are four Distinguished Service Stars, four Bronze Cross Medals, and several Military Merit Medals.

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