Incoming chief to turn Army into ‘agile force’ against terrorism, insurgency

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The incoming commanding general of the Philippine Army is eyeing to turn the service into an “agile force” in government’s fight against terrorism and insurgency.

Major General Macairog Alberto, Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) chief, will be taking over Philippine Army leadership on October 15 when Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista retires from military service.

Alberto also eyes to improve the ranks through leadership training, enhance the Army’s logistics procurement and decision making processes, and continue to enhance its war-fighting capabilities.

“Yung iba naman is existing na kaya ituloy lang or enhance,” he added.

“Major Gen. Alberto is a well-rounded officer and highly respected leader and commander having distinguished himself in the field of combat, intelligence, and civil military operations,” Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva said.

Villanueva also listed significant courses Alberto completed which include Scout Ranger Course, Strategic Intel Course, Counter-Terrorism Fellowship Program and Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from National Defense University, USA, and master’s degree in Public Management major in Development and Security from Development Academy of the Philippines.

“He is also a recipient of various awards and decors, to name a few, the Military Commendation Medal, Military Merit Medal, Bronze Cross Medal, UN Service Medal/Ribbon, Silver Wing Medal, Gold Cross Medal and Distinguished Service Medal,” Villanueva added.