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Negros Island to get
new 303rd IB head


Army Col. Alberto Desoyo is back in Negros Island, this time as commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade.

Desoyo will replace Brig. Gen. Eliezer Losanes as commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in a turnover of command ceremony today at Camp Major Nelson Gerona in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, to be presided over by the Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general.

Capt. Ruel Llanes, 303IB Civil Military Operations officer, said yesterday that Brig. Gen. Losanes is slated to assume a higher position, as Assistant Division Commander of the 8th Infantry Division in Samar.

Desoyo was described by his colleagues as a seasoned and disciplined combat officer, having commanded various field units of the Philippine Army.

Desoyo served as commander of the 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, in 2008. After his stint in Negros in 2009, he was designated as commander of the 12th Infantry Battalion in Panay.

A member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1989, Desoyo also served as chief of the Office of the Army Provost Marshall, where he was responsible for the enforcement of discipline, law and order among its military personnel.

Before his assumption of the 303rd Infantry Brigade command, Desoyo also served as chief of staff of the 8th Infantry Division in Samar, where Brig. Gen. Losanes is to be assigned.

Losanes, a member of PMA Class 1985, served for almost two years, as 303rd Infantry Brigade commander where he got his star-rank.

Brig. Gen. Cirilo Sobejana, a Medal of Valor awardee, also assumed command of the 6th Infantry Division. He used to be assigned at the 11th Infantry Battalion commander in northern Negros during the early 1990s.

Sobejana, a well-decorated military officer and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987, replaced Maj. Gen Arnel Dela Vega, who assumed leadership of the Zamboanga City-based Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) side-by-side with his promotion to a three-star rank by President Rodrigo Duterte.

With his promotion to Army division commander, Sobejana is expected to get his second star, and the rank of major general.*GPB


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