Four senior Philippine Army (PA) officers were donned new star ranks during simple ceremony held Monday at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Newly-appointed PA 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.
These officers are Brig. Gens. Robert M. Arevalo, the Army chief-of-staff and Danilo G. Pamonag, Special Operation Command head who were promoted to two-star rank or major generals.
Meanwhile, Cols. Jesus A. Manangquil Jr. and Gilbert I. Gapay were promoted to one-star rank or brigadier general
Manangquil is the current head of the 101st Infantry Brigade based in Jolo, Sulu; while Gapay is the assistant division commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division in Capas, Tarlac.
Miranda 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," the PA chief stressed.
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," he said.
Source: Philippines News Agency