Major General Galileo Gerard Rio Kinantar Jr. took over the helm of the Western Command from outgoing Lt. Gen. Raul L Del Rosario during a change of command and retirement ceremony presided by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Friday.
Kintanar, a member of PMA Sandiwa Class (1985) is the 29th commander of WesCom .
During the change of command rites, Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario also presented to AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año 11 rebel returnees who surrendered to government forces following a series of military operations in southern Palawan.
“Ang NPA dito sa Palawan mahina na, kaya lang siguro dala ng takot ng mga sibilyan, ng mga negosyante, kinakapitan ng mga NPA ang takot na ito para makapangotong,” Gen Año said.
Governor Jose Alvarez also turned over financial assistance for the rebel returnees amounting to 25K each.
“I have observed your accomplishments and I am eager to become a part of the team WESCOM. It will be honor and privilege to serve with you“, Kintanar said.