MANILA – Another reshuffling of top military officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines is imminent, with the retirement of several commanders of the AFP Unified Commands this month and in September.
Two senior Army officials, who previously served in Negros Occidental, are reportedly being eyed to command Army division units in Western Visayas and Mindanao.
Maj. Gen. Leonardo Guerrero, Army chief of staff, is being groomed as the incoming commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, which supervises internal security operations in Negros and Panay island.
Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, AFP deputy chief of staff for Operations, may take over the Army’s 4th ID in Mindanao.
Guerrero used to command the 61st Infantry Battalion in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, while Lactao served as commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade for 22 months, military records show. Both are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984.
Up for retirement from the military service on August 17 is Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, commanding general of the AFP Western Command; Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, on Sept. 6; and Lt. Gen. Ceasar Ordoyo, AFP Southern Luzon command, Sept. 8.
A military source said that Lactao and Guerrero may assume their respective positions in the first week of September.*GPB
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