Deputy Commander Assumed Command of Army’s Brigade in Marawi

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Deputy Brigade Commander assumed as the acting commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade in Marawi City on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, succeeded Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. who was appointed by the Armed forces of the Philippines as the Commandant of the Philippine Military Academy on Friday.

Cuerpo is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990. An Airborne, Special Forces and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master in Development Management in Asian Institute Management in Makati City, Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College.

Cuerpo served as the Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, Logistics and Chief of the Governance Strategy Management Office in the 4th Infantry Division, based in Cagayan de Oro city.

During his assumption speech, Cuerpo vowed to uphold the priorities and directions of the previous commanders, as the unit’s guide to maintain the cohesiveness efforts in the pursuit of peace and development in the province of Lanao del Sur.

He also pledged to vigorously continue render assistance to the Task Force Bangon Marawi, who’s in charge of the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the most affected area of the city.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the assumption ceremony, thanked and congratulated Cuerpo for his designation.

“I am confident that with your leadership experience and dedication to work, you will steer this unit to greater heights”, Ancan said.

“To the Haribon troopers, let us always act with outmost professionalism, respect to human rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Continue to progress as a professional, capable and responsive officers and leaders of our armed forces”, added Ancan.

Ancan also commended the unit for its aggressive performance in sustaining peace and order in the area of responsibility.

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