AFP Names New Wescom Commander

MANILA, Philippines --- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday another round of shakeup in the military, including the designation of Maj. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero as the new commander of the Palawan-based Western Command (Wescom) which has operational jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea.

Guerrero, the current Commandant of the elite Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), will replace Lt. Gen. Juancho M. Sabban who is due to retire from the service. The turnover ceremony is slated Monday, April 1.

Guerrero is the 25th Commandant of the PMC. He assumed his current post on August 24, 2010. Prior to that, he was the commander of the military's anti-terrorism unit based in Jolo, Sulu - the Joint Task Force Comet.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Dimalupig" Class of 1981, Guerrero finished his Masters of Military Study and Command and Staff College in Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, USA.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Romeo T. Tanalgo, currently the chief of the AFP Command Center, will replace Guerrero as the new PMC commander. He is a member of the PMA "Matikas" Class of 1983.y

Replacing Tanalgo as head of the AFP Command Center, on the other hand, is Colonel Oscar T. Lactao. A member of the PMA "Maharlika" Class of 1984, Lactao is the current commander of the Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

Col. John N. Aying, Lactao's deputy, will now be the 303rd Infantry Brigade commander.