Three Philippine Army battalions based in the Caraga region welcomed new commanders last week.
Lt. Col. Jeffry Villarosa, former deputy chief of staff for education and training of the 4th Infantry Division, assumed as the new commander of the Surigao del Sur-based 75th Infantry Battalion last June 6. He replaced Lt. Col. Waren Munda who was moved to Philippine Army Headquarters.
Lt. Col. Reynald Romel Goce also took the helm of 26th Infantry Battalion based in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.
Meanwhile, the 23rd Infantry Battalion welcomed a new commander, Lt. Col Julius Cesar Paulo.
Paulo, a former executive officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, replaced Lt. Col Francisco Molina. The 23IB covers Agusan del Norte and some parts of Misamis Oriental.
The change-of-command ceremonies for the three battalions were led by the newly-installed 4th Infantry Division commander Major General Andres Centino.
Centino reminded the new commanders not to hesitate to use force in ending the decades-old communist insurgency in Caraga. The New People’s Army are most active in the region.
“Aside from sustaining the gains in our development campaigns, we should always remain focused on our mandate to destroy the armed component of the Communist Terrorist Group. Unless our enemies give up their arms and peacefully surrender, I extol you to hit the enemy hard and always be on the attack,” Centino said in a statement. CLC