by Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim congratulated retired general Carlito Galvez Jr. for assuming a new post in the government and being the head of the Department of National Defense (DND) now.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. named Galvez as the current secretary of the DND, January 9, following the resignation of former OIC Jose Faustino Jr.
Such was acclaimed by Ebrahim.
He stated that as a tested military official, the new defense chief has held different leadership roles during his stint in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Ebrahim mentioned that among his achievements was the liberation of the Islamic City of Marawi from the hands of the Dawlah-inspired Maute Group.
To recall, the city went through a historic firefight that lasted for five months in 2017, and Galvez was seen playing a crucial role in ending this tragedy.
Now, the most affected area undergoes rehabilitation that is nearly complete.
Apart from the Marawi liberation, Ebrahim also cited the effort of Galvez in the creation of the Bangsamoro region, and his excellent supervision of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, the 6th Infantry Division in Central Mindanao, and the Government of the Philippines Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
With the assumption of Galvez, Ebrahim hoped to continue the begun peace in his region and throughout Mindanao.
“We look forward to continuing our shared work to maintain peace in Mindanao and commit our support to his role,” he said.
Before being appointed as the secretary of the DND, Galvez served as the chief of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU). (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur with reports from BARMM)