President Benigno Aquino III has promoted the chief of the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to take the helm of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division.
Outgoing CRS chief Brigadier General Romeo Gan, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class 1983, will replace Major General Rodelio Santos who is retiring.
Gan was appointed CRS chief in May 2014.
The Army division of which he is set to lead is considered by military men as the “anti-coup” unit having seen action in previous coup attempts.
The division headquarters is based at Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal and it is under the Southern Luzon Command currently led by Major General Ricardo Visaya, also a Matikas member.
On Friday, Gan will assume command earlier than expected on February 13 because Santos opted to relinquish his position a month before his mandatory retirement schedule for reaching the age of 56.
Meanwhile, the Board of Generals (BOG) led by AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. has recommended to the President the appointment of Brig. General Joselito Kakilala as CRS chief.
Kakilala, a member of PMA “Maharlika” Class 1984, is currently chief of the AFP’s Office of the Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) attached to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs (J5).