FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army donned new star ranks to four senior Army officers in a simple ceremony held at Headquarters Philippine Army here today.
Army Chief Lt. Gen. Glorioso V. Miranda led the donning of ranks to the new sets of senior officers who have diligently earned their second and first stars.
Brig. Gens. Robert M. Arevalo, the Army Chief of Staff and Danilo G. Pamonag, Commander of the Army’s Special Operation Command were promoted to Major Generals, respectively.
Cols. Jesus A. Manangquil Jr and Gilbert I. Gapay received their first-star rank.
Manangquil is the current Commander of 101st Brigade of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division based in Jolo, Sulu, while Gapay is the Assistant Division Commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division in Capas, Tarlac.
Meanwhile, the Army chief said that bearing a star on one’s soldier symbolizes the pennant of a fruitful military career after overcoming bumps and obstacles along the way.
“In the dedicated and committed service of our promotees, they have displayed nothing but exceptional leadership skills. Not only are they exemplars of professionalism and service excellence, they are also instrumental in the accomplishment of our mission to attain a just and long-lasting peace,” said Miranda.
Miranda also reminded the newly-promoted generals of the Army’s major thrusts and priority tasks, “the stars that you now bear on your shoulder come with greater responsibilities. I count on your continued support for the successful attainment of our objectives and exert efforts in sustaining our operational readiness at the highest level possible. We must not forget that our core competency remains to be war fighting.