The Board of Generals has recommended the designation of Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to command the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Negros and Panay islands.
Bautista, who is presently the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (J-3), was the brains behind the formulation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan, also known as Oplan Bayanihan, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
His recommendation has been forwarded to Malacañang, for approval by President Benigno Aquino III, a military source at Camp Aguinaldo said.
Maj. Gen. Vicente Porto, 3ID commanding general, is retiring from the military service on April 5 this year.
The names of Major Generals Josue Gaverza and Brig, Gen, Rey Ardo also cropped up recently among the contenders for the position to be vacated by Porto.
Gaverza is the Army Support Command chief, while Ardo, a Negrense, chairs the Philippine government’s Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities in Mindanao.
Bautista and Ardo are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981, while Gaverza belongs to PMA Class ’78.
Military records show that before his designation as the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Bautista served as the AFP Internal Auditor, commanding officer of the 702nd Infantry Brigade in central Luzon, 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Scout Ranger Company, among other assignments in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.*GPB