ARMY Major General Camilo Ligayo has assumed as the new commander of the 8th Infantry Division (8ID), replacing the outgoing acting Commander Brigadier General Zosimo Oliveros, effective Friday, October 21, 2022.
“I call upon all our peace and development stakeholders, the different government local units headed by their local chief executives, the regional chief executives for your commitment and support to our ultimate goal in attaining the total defeat of the communist terrorists,” said Ligayo during the ceremony, which was presided by Lieutenant General Romeo S. Brawner Jr., commanding general of the Philippine Army.
Ligayo, who belonged to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatao” Class of 1989, was the former deputy chief of staff for reservist and retiree affairs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Brigade Commander of the 801st Infantry Brigade, 8ID.
During his assignment as 801st Brigade Commander, he was instrumental in dismantling four guerrilla fronts in 2019, the Army said.
“We will continue to fight against these so-called peace spoilers. As we move forward, we will continue to recognize that the insurgency campaign is a shared responsibility of everyone in government,” the new 8ID commander said.
In a speech, Ligayo maintained that he would “sustain the command's high gains in internal security operations.”
Aside from being a military official, Ligayo is an active sportsman with a Philippine Football Federation coaching certificate.
He managed and coached the Daza Football Club of the 801st Infantry Brigade and led the Army soccer team to championships. (SunStar Philippines)