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Acting EastMinCom chief vows relentless fight vs terrorism during change of command ceremony

MAJOR General Jose Maria Cuerpo II assumed the role of acting commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) during a ceremony held on Friday, May 31, at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario headquarters in Panacan, Bunawan District.

In his message, Cuerpo emphasized EastMinCom’s commitment to combating terrorism. “We will be relentless in the conduct of operations against any form of terrorism,” he declared.

Cuerpo is also the current commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City.

He acknowledged the challenges ahead and pledged to continue what the outgoing commander, Lt. Gen. Greg T. Almerol, had started.  

“I am aware of the formidable challenges ahead, and I am committed to continuing the legacy Lt. Gen. Almerol has built,” Cuerpo stated.

Building on past success

Cuerpo commended Almerol’s leadership and dedication during his tenure. “I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the outgoing commander… for his exceptional leadership, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our fellow Filipinos,” he said.

Focus on troops and objectives

He reassured the troops about his leadership anchored on vigilance, discipline, and focus. He also urged them to fulfill their duties to ensure the EastMinCom and its units achieve their objectives.

“I will do my best to lead our forces safely and effectively,” he said.

Continued collaboration

He highlighted their commitment to “work together utilizing our expertise and skills to augment our defense capabilities.”  Cuerpo also expressed gratitude to higher headquarters for their trust and confidence.

Almerol’s achievements

Meanwhile, Almerol thanked the troops and stakeholders for their support during his command.  He highlighted the neutralization of 1,412 members of the New People’s Army during his tenure (arrested, killed, and surrendered).


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