Thursday, October 28, 2021

AFP Chief: EastMinCom Sets Standard in Foiling Communist Terrorism

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr. lauded the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) for setting the military standard in combatting communist insurgency in the country during his official visit at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on October 27, 2021.

Gen. Faustino, who served as EastMinCom Commander before becoming the acting Commanding General of the Philippine Army and AFP Chief of Staff, bared that he made certain to visit the Command that had help propel him to top military post before he ends his long military career.

The outgoing AFP Chief of Staff said that EastMinCom troops played a vital role in helping the AFP earn the highest approval rating among government agencies in the country, citing the result of the latest non-commissioned survey conducted by independent pollster PUBLicus Asia, Inc. where the AFP got a 67% approval rating.

Gen. Faustino expressed his gratitude to the troops for their contribution to the AFP’s accomplishments, emphasizing the significant role of EastMinCom in maintaining and facilitating sustainable development in Eastern Mindanao.

The AFP Chief also did not fail to commend the incumbent EastMinCom Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol for maintaining the Command’s tradition of excellence, saying that he had personally witnessed how the latter has strived to further improve EastMinCom’s operations.

“If you look at EastMinCom’s accomplishments and compare it to other Commands and Divisions, you will see that nothing compares to it. EastMinCom is being looked up to because of its best practices. It has become the standard on how to fight the insurgents,” Gen. Faustino said.

“I would also like to congratulate EastMinCom on its recent successes in the neutralization of communist terrorists, focused military operations, and also on its intensive stakeholders’ engagement and collaboration,” Gen. Faustino added.

Meanwhile, the AFP chief also reminded the troops to do their best in ensuring a safe and clean national election in 2022.

Gen. Faustino took the rein of the AFP on July 31, 2021 after his stint as the first-ever commander of the new Joint Task Force Mindanao on June 4. He became the 12th Commander of EastMinCom following his stint as Commander of the 10th Infantry Division. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1988.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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