PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Major General Macairog Alberto, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as the next commanding general of the Philippine Army.
Alberto would replace Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, who will step down from service on October 15. Bautista was tapped to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Alberto's appointment paper, which was signed by Duterte on Thursday, October 11, has already been forwarded to the Defense department.
"The appointment paper of MGen Macairog S Alberto, the newly appointed commanding general of the Philippine Army has been released to the Department of National Defense, today, 11 October 2018," Medialdea said.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, Alberto was the commander of the Army's 1001st Infantry Brigade based in Compostela Valley before he assumed the role as the military's top intelligence officer.
Alberto also served as the commander of Task Force Davao from June 2014 to August 2015.
He has been at the helm of the Army's counter-insurgency efforts in Davao region.
He was also a recipient of various awards including Distinguished Service Star, Gold Cross Medal, and Bronze Cross Medal. (SunStar Philippines)