BRIGADIER General Oscar Lactao, former commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Negros Occidental, was promoted as deputy chief for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a two-star rank position effective December 5.
Lactao served for 21 months as 303rd IB commander based in Barangay Minyoan, Murcia, and assumed the AFP Command Center post in Camp Aguinaldo where he received his first star rank.
He served in the said post in April this year before being promoted to his current post.
In the turnover rites held Thursday, Lactao officially replaced Major Gen. Rodelio Santos, who was designated commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division.
Lactao’s stint at the 303rd IB in Negros was highlighted with the arrests of top ranking leaders of the New People’s Army and the surrender of rebels who availed of livelihood assistance from the provincial government.