Mindanao Times

MGen Faustino, Eastmincom chief

- By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

FOLLOWING the appointmen­t of former Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) commander Felimon Santos Jr. as the Armed Force of the Philippine­s (AFP) chief of staff three weeks ago, the commander of the Davao-based army division is taking the vacated post of his superior.

Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr., outgoing commander of the Davao de Oro-based 10th Infantry “Aguila” Division, is set to assume as the Eastmincom head in a ceremony today at its headquarte­rs in Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, here.

Faustino will take the command from Brig. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, the Eastmincom deputy commander who has been acting as the officer-in-charge since Santos assumed as the AFP chief of staff last Jan. 4.

Santos will attend today’s activity.

Leading the 10th ID, Faustino focused in various operations that resulted in the dismantlin­g of various New People’s Army (NPA) formations in the different communitie­s in Region XI and XII.

Faustino is adept in a wide range of peace and security programs not only in Mindanao but in the whole country, having been assigned in the different units of AFP in various capacities.

He once headed the 11th Intelligen­ce Service Unit based here and fought terrorists in Western Mindanao when he led the 35th Infantry Battalion. He later became the commander of the 501st Infantry Brigade.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy 1988 Maringal class, Faustino spent his junior years with the First Scout Ranger Regiment, an elite unit of the Philippine Army deployed in various conflict-affected areas in the country.

Brig. Gen. Reuben Basiao, meanwhile, will assume Faustino’s vacated post as the 10th ID commander in a separate turnover ceremony to be held at its headquarte­rs in Camp General Manuel T. Yan in Mawab, Davao de Oro.

Basiao is also a member of PMA Maringal class.

Before taking the 10th ID command, Basiao was the deputy chief of staff for intelligen­ce.

Basiao is no stranger in Davao, having served the as the head of the 701st Infantry “Kagitingan” Brigade based in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

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