Brig. Gen. Jonas Sumagaysay will take over the command of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division as officer-in-charge at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz, today.
This will be the second time that Sumagaysay, former 303rd Infantry Brigade commander in Negros Occidental, has been designated as 3ID general-officer-in-charge, since 2012.
Maj. Gen. Essen Soriano, vice-commander of the Philippine Army, is expected to officiate over the transfer of 3ID command from Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, who is retiring from the military service on June 20, to his deputy, Sumagaysay.
Maj. Rey Tiongson, regional military spokesman, yesterday said that there is no news yet, on who will be permanently designated as 3ID commander.
Sumagaysay had also served as 3ID general officer-in-charge in June 2012, when then Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, who is now the AFP chief of staff, was designated as the Philippine Army commanding general.
Before his latest position, Sumagaysay also served as the deputy commander of the AFP Central Command, commander of the Presidential Security Group and 303rd Infantry Brigade commanding officer, among others.
Sumagaysay, who is due for retirement next year, Bautista and Mabanta are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981.
Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Armed Forces deputy chief of stafffor Operations, was reported earlier to have been recommended by the Board of Generals to command the 3ID.
The recommendation of BOG, however, is still subject to approval by the Department of National Defense and President Benigno Aquino III, who is the commander-in-chief.
The 3ID supervises the internal security operations in Negros and Panay islands.*GPB