PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte picked Maj. Gen. Macairog Alberto, commander of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), as the next commanding general of the Philippine Army, his top aide said on Thursday.
In a text message, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go told The Manila Times that Duterte, in a letter released on Thursday, informed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana about Alberto’s new appointment.
“The appointment paper of MGen Macairog S Alberto, the newly appointed Commanding General of the Philippine Army has been released to the Department of National Defense, today, 11 October 2018,” Go said, quoting the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Alberto will assume the post on Monday, October 15, when Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista steps down from service.
Alberto, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986, served in Mindanao and was a former Task Force Davao commander, as well as commander of the Army’s 1001st Infantry Brigade based in Barangay Mapaang, Maco, Compostela Valley.
He obtained his master’s degree in Public Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines.
Alberto was a recipient of various medals and awards, including the Distinguished Service Star, Gold Cross Medal and Bronze Cross Medal. CATHERINE VALENTE
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