Guerrero installed as new Westmincom chief PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 November 2013 13:59

Marine Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero was installed yesterday as the new commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) based in this city.

Gen. Guerrero replaced Lt. Gen. Rey Ardo, who retired from military service.

The turnover of command ceremony yesterday was presided by Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) command chief Rear Admiral Isabelo Gador, who represented Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

In an interview, Guerrero said his priorities will include the review of the campaign plans set up by higher headquarters to assess where the command stands and enhance security setup, which is aimed to improve contingency planning to be ready for any contingencies in the future.

Guerrero said his command’s support to peace process will be a priority.

Guerrero stressed his designation as Wesmincom chief will not mean the area of its jurisdiction will be filled up by Philippine Marine troops since he is a marine officer.

“I’m coming here as a joint commander. I’m from the Marines, but basically this is a joint headquarters. It is a combination of the Air Force, Navy, and the Army. We will bank on the reliability of the three branches of services.” Guerrero said.

He admitted that commanding the Wesmincom is a big challenge for him citing “almost all threat groups are here.”

“This is the most challenging unified area command in the entire armed forces to handle,” he added.

He urged for the cooperation of all the stakeholders, including the media, so they will be able to accomplish the command’s tasks.

Guerrero is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1981.

Guerrero was the commander of the AFP’s Western Command based in Palawan prior to his installation as the new Westmincom chief.

He has also commanded the Joint Task Force Comet based in Sulu and well as served as the Philippine Marine commandant. — RGAG