Guerrero is next Wesmincom chief-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
WESTERN Command (Wescom) Chief Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero will replace Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) commander Lieutenant General Rey Ardo, who is set to retire on Saturday.
Guerrero, a graduate of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1981, is also part of the Philippine Marine Corps.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista said Ardo's retirement triggers a reshuffle in two other key posts.
Lieutenant General Roy Deveraturda, former chief of the Central Command, will be the new Wescom chief. He is a member of the Philippine Air Force Flying School of 1980 and an experienced attack pilot.
The Wesmincom is based at the Camp General Navarro in Zamboanga City and it deals with terrorists and insurgents including the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and break-away factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) while the Wescom is home port at Camp General Artemio Ricarte in Palawan and handles issues on the West Philippine Sea.
"We usually appoint Navy or Air Force [officer for Wescom]. General Deveraturda is very familiar [with Wescom] being formerly with J5 or Deputy Chief for Plans. He is familiar with strategic situation," Bautista said
Also, Bautista noted that Major General John Bonafos, chief of the Special Operations Command, will be the new commander of the Central Command.
Bonafos, a member of the PMA Class of 1982 formerly heads all the Army's elite troops - the Special Forces, Scout Rangers and the Light Reaction Battalion.
"He is a capable officer. He has been assigned to that area before. He is very familiar there," Bautista said. (Sunnex)