6 military officers appointed to key AFP positions

November 23, 2011 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 23 – In pursuit of the military’s credible leadership and dynamism within its ranks, Malacañang has approved the designation of three generals and three other senior officers to key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Col. Arnulfo Burgos, AFP Public Affairs Office head, said Wednesday.

Burgos said Maj. Gen. Jose Z. Mabanta will assume as the commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, replacing Maj. Gen Irineo C. Espino.

Mabanta is the current Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, of the AFP. Prior to this, he held the position of commander of the AFP Civil Relations Service. He is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Dimalupig” Class of 1981.

From 1992 to 1998, Mabanta served with distinction in Mindanao in various capacities, both as an intelligence and infantry officer. He was also the former AFP spokesperson.

To succeed Mabanta is Brig. Gen. Romeo V. Calizo, who will be the new Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3. Calizo is the current chief of the AFP Command Center.

He previously held the position of Assistant Division commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan De Oro. He is a member of the PMA “Matapat” Class of 1979.

To replace Calizo is Brig. Gen. Romeo T. Tanalgo who will be designated as the new Chief of the AFP Command Center. Currently, he is the commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade of the Philippine Navy in Talipao, Sulu. He was the chief of staff of the Philippine Marine Corps from June 20, 2008 to February 1, 2009. He is a member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983.

Col. Orlando E. De Leon will be replacing Tanalgo as the new commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade, Philippine Navy. He was the chief of staff of the Philippine Marine Corps from Nov. 1, 2005 to July 22, 2006. Prior to this, De Leon held the position as the deputy commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade. He is a member of the PMA “Sandigan” Class of 1982.

Burgos said the designation of Mabanta, Calizo, Tanalgo and De Leon was approved by President Benigno S. Aquino III effective Nov. 21, 2011.

Meanwhile, Malacañang also approved the designation of two other senior officers from the Philippine Army which will take effect on Nov. 28.

Col. Reynaldo G. Mutiangpili will be the new commander of the 52nd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army. He is the current deputy and acting commander of the same engineering brigade.

Mutiangpili is a member of the PMA “Maharlika” Class of 1984.

Col. Demosthenes C. Santillan will be designated as the new commander of the 54th Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army. He is the current deputy commander of the 51st Engineering Brigade.

Santillan is a member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983.

“We stand by our commitment to continuously strengthen professionalism within our ranks. In pursuit of carrying out our mandates effectively and efficiently, our organization has to constantly undergo changes in its leadership which is part of the military institution’s continuous growth and improvement. We shall expect great things from these newly appointed officers in contributing to the achievement of our goals,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. said. (PNA) scs/JCA

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