AFP chief lauds Western Command for internal, external defense feats

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana congratulated the Western Command (WESCOM) for their Internal and External defense feats during the Command’s 45th founding anniversary at Camp Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on March 16, 2021.

During his visit, the AFP Chief mentioned how complex the threat situation in the area and noted the command’s success in thwarting the threats of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and in defending the Kalayaan Island Group. He also congratulated the Commander of WESCOM, Vice Admiral Ramil Roberto Enriquez for leading the success of the Command.

“Undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic, WESCOM was able to successfully execute its internal security campaign against various threat groups, which consequently resulted to the surrender of a significant number of CTG members,” Lieutenant General Sobejana said.

“Along with these, recovered were several high-powered firearms and similarly, important documents of high intel value. These accomplishments caused the collapse of Sub-Regional Military Area 4E and the near destruction of Komiteng Larangang Gerilya Palawan,” the AFP Chief added.

The AFP Chief also lauded WESCOM’s undeterred territorial defense of the state.

“This Command was also able to secure the nine Philippine feature islands in the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea. Our sea lanes of communications and our strategic resources and facilities were protected despite the challenges encountered by WESCOM,” Lieutenant General Sobejana said.

The AFP Chief said that WESCOM has the daunting responsibility of covering all these mission areas because of the circumstances of its locality and threat situation, and their very strategic location makes it truly valuable for the AFP’s mission.

“What fascinates me the most about WESCOM, is its capacity to meet the demanding requirements of our Western Frontier’s security environment. With the quality and caliber of the troops of WESCOM, it is unsurprising that your Command achieved significant milestones and has successfully fulfilled your mandated duty to protect our country and people,” the AFP Chief added. AFP.MIL.PH