Army promotes 641 officers, enlisted personnel for role in Marawi siege
More than 600 officers and enlisted personnel were promoted to the next higher rank for their contribution to the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists.
A donning of ranks ceremony was held at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio on the eve of the first anniversary of Marawi siege on Tuesday.
Four officers were promoted to one-star general, namely: Brig. Gen. Peale Jon Bondoc, 902nd Infantry Brigade; Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade; Brig. Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of 903rd Brigade; and Brig. Gen. Andres Centino, commander of 401st Infantry Brigade.
“The star on your shoulders for the promoted generals and the added stripes for our enlisted personnel are not mere decorations but a description of two things in your journey as men in uniform,” said Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista.
“It is a testament of your performance excellence that had greatly contributed in the realization of the AFP’s campaign. Second, that speaks of your responsibilities to continue leading the Philippine Army to prominence,” he added.
The five-month Marawi siege was the government’s worst security crisis in recent years. It started on May 23 last year, when ISIS-inspired terrorists laid siege to the city. About 12,000 military personnel were deployed to fight the terrorists and rescue civilians.
The months of fighting left 168 government forces, over 900 terrorists, and 47 civilians killed. /ee
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