Two senior military officials assigned in Negros island were among the 22 recently-promoted generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and are now holding key positions in the organization.
Promoted to the rank of brigadier general were Col. Oscar Lactao, chief of the AFP Command Center, and Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade in Negros Oriental.
Lactao, former commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Occidental, is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1984, while Patrimonio belongs to PMA Class 1982, military records show.
Major General Maximo Caro (PMA 82) retired last week from the military service. He was replaced by his mistah, Brig. Gen. Jet Joel Velarmino, as Army chief of staff.
Also promoted to brigadier general was Col. Marian Aleido, the first female Judge Advocate General Office chief, and the 7th female general coming from the AFP Technical Service.
The promotion of the 22 generals has been approved by President Benigno Aquino III.
Others promoted to lieutenant general were Major Gen. Roy Deveraturda, AFP Central Command chief; Major Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo, AFP Southern Luzon Command chief; and Major Gen. Rustico Guerrero, chief of the AFP Western Command.
Promoted to major general was Maj. Gen. John Bonafos, commander of the Special Operations Command. He used to be assigned at the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in the Western Visayas.
The 22 new generals received their new ranks at a donning ceremony yesterday at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, led by AFP chief General Emmanuel Bautista.*GPB
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