MANILA–The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday named new commanders of the Eastern Mindanao Com-mand (EASTMINCOM) and Western Command (WESCOM).
In a statement, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal and Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez as the new heads of the EAST-MINCOM and WESCOM, respectively.
“Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal is the new Commander of Eas-tern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) based in Davao City. Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez will command the Western Command (WESCOM) stationed in Palawan,” Arevalo said.
Madrigal and Briguez will be officially promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in a ceremony on Monday at the AFP head-quarters in Camp Agui-naldo, Quezon City that will be led by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
Madrigal will replace Brig. Gen. Perfecto Rimando Jr., who served as EASTMINCOM Acting Commander following the appointment of then Com-mander Guerrero to the AFP’s top post.
A member of the Philippine Military Aca-demy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, Madrigal is currently the Commander of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM).
Prior to his appoint-ment as SOLCOM Com-mander, Madrigal held key positions in the Philippine Army such as Commander of the 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan De Oro; Assis-tant Division Commander and later Acting Division Commander of the 10th Infantry Division in Com-postela Valley before becoming the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army.
He also held major positions in the AFP General Headquarters as Chief of War Plans Divi-sion, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, OJ5; Secretary Joint Staff, AFP; and Head Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff.
Briguez, meanwhile, is then Vice Commander of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). He will succeed Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kinta-nar who became PAF’s 35th Commanding General.
A member of PMA “Sinagtala” Class of 1986, Briguez joined PAF and graduated at the top of his class from the PAF Flying School in 1988.
Prior to his stint as PAF Vice Commander, Briguez was former Chief of Air Staff, PAF; Commandant of Cadets, PMA; Deputy Wing Commander, 250th Presidential Airlift Wing, Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Operations, A-3, Assis-tant Chief of Air Staff for Education and Training, A-8, and Commander, Tacti-cal Operations Group 11.
“The appointments of MGen Madrigal and MGen Briguez signify the progressive nature of the career we chose as soldiers in the military organization. The AFP leadership be-lieves that it has put the right men for the job and that the momentum of each area command will be continued to support our overall mission towards just and lasting peace,” Guer-rero noted. PNA