Beng cites Guerrero’s service to Zambo, welcomes new Wesmincom commander PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 11:28

Mayor Beng Climaco extolled retiring Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerero for his dedication and sincere service to the people of Zamboanga during his 2-year tour of duty in the area.

She cited Guerrero’s contributions and support in securing the Zamboanga City territory and for amplifying efforts to help in the City’s thrust of building back a better Zamboanga. Not only did the general play a very vital role in the city’s transition from crisis situation to recovery stage but also in helping deter threat groups from carrying out their evil plans in the city and the neighboring area, she said.

The chief executive presented Guerrero, who is retiring from the military service November 24, with a certificate of recognition and a token of appreciation during a dinner she hosted for the general Thursday, Nov. 19.

Guerrero served the Wesmincom for over 2 years, assuming his post two months after the September 9, 2013 Zamboanga siege. He was replaced by Maj. Gen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz during the change of command held Saturday, Nov. 21.

In his message during the testimonial dinner, Guerrero also recognized the mayor’s steadfast support to the mission of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, without which, he stressed, the Wesmincom would have been able to accomplish its missions and tasks.

He stressed anew that team work will be the key to the achievement of mission and work to accomplish the goals set by the higher headquarters.

“I thank the mayor for the full support she has given to us at Wesmincom, even though I came in after the September 2013 siege, we did our best to help stabilize the situation in Zamboanga City so that the trauma felt by the Zamboanguenos will be eased as we continued securing the city,” the outgoing commander said.    Also present during the testimonial dinner held at the command headquarters in Upper Calarian were some members of the City Council representatives from the different operational control units—Air Force, Navy and Army; the deputy commanders and senior commanders from the Joint Task Group Zamboanga as well as Gen. Guerrero’s wife Maricor and daughter Mia and other relatives.

The City Council likewise presented Guerrero with a plaque of commendation for his tireless efforts as Wesmincom chief.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco welcomed MGen. De la Cruz, the newly-installed Wesmincom Chief, as she reaffirmed her administration’s support to the security sector.

Prior to his appointment as Westmincom commander, De la Cruz was commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. — Sheila Covarrubias