by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–The Philippine Army installed a new commander to lead a brigade in Lanao del Sur.
BGen. Yegor Rey Barroquillo, Jr. formally assumed command of the 103rd “Haribon” Infantry Brigade, replacing Col. Billy Dela Rosa, who led the brigade in an acting capacity.
The Change of Command Ceremony was presided over by 1st Infantry Division commander MGen. Antonio Nafarette at Kampo Ranao in Marawi, January 28.
Before his assumption, Barroquillo served as the Regiment Commander of the Army Intelligence Regiment. He also led the 44th Infantry Battalion and held various staff positions at the 1st Infantry Division.
In his assumption remarks, Barroquillo emphasized that he will focus on the attainment of the Brigade’s mission, support the peace agreement with the MILF and MNLF, and enhance engagements with various stakeholders.
“We shall primarily rely on peaceful mechanisms and put premium on the peace process in dealing with local threat groups and other security issues. However, we cannot put aside the threats of terrorist groups. And for those who choose the path of violence and lawlessness, they shall bear the brunt of our full might,” he said.
Nafarette congratulated Barroquillo and directed the Haribon troopers to support the newly-installed brigade commander.
“To BGen. Barroquillo, my congratulations to you. Your long experience and spans of years of dedicated work in various positions have certainly honed you as a dependable and relevant leader. And to all Haribon troopers, continue your good deeds, seek more improvement, and always support your new commander in all his undertakings, particularly toward the accomplishment of your mission. I encourage you to keep the fire burning, step up the level of your performance, and continue to focus on accomplishing your goals. In doing this, always be guided by the AFP’s core values of loyalty, honor, duty, valor, and solidarity,” he said.
He also commended the outgoing commander for his dedication, great passion, and commitment to the organization.
“Your adherence to the standard of excellence in leadership has instilled encouragement and strength to your subordinates,” he said.
Dela Rosa will remain as the deputy brigade commander of the unit. (APB/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)