Military command protecting West Philippine Sea has new commander


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) has welcomed its new commander Lieutenant General Erickson R. Gloria during a change of command ceremony on May 28 at the Rizal Reef Hall, Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City.

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AFP WESCOM is responsible for securing and sustaining peace in its joint area of operations which includes the province of Palawan and the West Philippine Sea by carrying out territorial defense operations (TDO), humanitarian and disaster response (HADR), and support to national development.

WESCOM recognized the 14-month leadership of outgoing Vice Admiral Rene Medina who “was able to degrade the Communist Terrorist Group and adversely affected their terroristic activities in the province. Likewise, his dynamic leadership brought about the effective, and active collaboration of Local Government Units (LGUs) and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70.’

New commander Lieutenant General Gloria vowed that WESCOM will exert relentless efforts to prevent local CTGs from spreading harm and violence in Western Philippines.

He also vowed that WESCOM will remain proactive in asserting Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea by conducting territorial defense operations in country’s maritime jurisdiction and maintain an effective presence to help deter intrusions and incursions.

Lieutenant General Gloria is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.

“Before taking his post in WESCOM, he was The Deputy Chief of Staff (TDCS), Armed Forces of the Philippines. A tactical and rescue pilot, he holds a command pilot rating in the Philippine Air Force,” WESCOM said.