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Kapampangan is new commander of 3rd Infantry Division in Visayas

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) member and present 7th Infantry Division (ID) commander Major General Jose Mabanta will take over as the new commander of the 3rd ID in Western Visayas.
Brigadier General Alan Luga will take command of the 7th ID that will be vacated by Mabanta in turnover ceremonies to be scheduled soon, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a statement.
Mabanta is former deputy chief of staff for operations, J3 of the AFP. He was also the commander of the AFP’s Civil Relations Service and a member of PMA “Dimalupig” Class of 1981.
From 1992 to 1998, Mabanta served with distinction in Mindanao in various capacities, both as an intelligence and infantry officer.
He is former AFP spokesperson and a recipient of various military honors, including a Bronze Cross Medal, Gold Cross Medals and the Distinguished Service Star.
Before being delegated to high-ranking positions, Mabanta served as commander of the 703rd Infantry Brigade of the AFP based in Mt. Arayat. During such time, he became a part of RCCP and served in many of the programs of the Rotary club.
AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, meanwhile, welcomed the appointments, saying this is an indication of the AFP’s continuing commitment to strengthen its leadership and in further professionalizing the military organization.
“Every security situation is unique and oftentimes requires new sets of approaches where the commander's appreciation and insights of his area of operation play a crucial role. The AFP will never stop pursuing organizational growth and advancement,” said Dellosa.
Mabanta is set to meet with Luga for the turnover rites.
Luga is currently the chairman of the Government Ad Hoc Joint Action Group and was formerly the commander of 802 Brigade, 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. (IOF)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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