By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomed the designation of Maj. Gen. Macairog Sabeniano Alberto as the next commanding general of the Philippine Army.
Alberto will replace outgoing Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, who is set to retire from the military service on Monday (October 15, 2018) at the age of 56.
Bautista, it was recalled, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1986.
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to grace the turn-over ceremony to be held at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
In a statement, AFP Spokesman Brig Gen Edgard Arevalo said Alberto is a highly respected leader and commander, having distinguished himself in the field of combat, intelligence, and civil-military operations in various echelons of the AFP hierarchy.
Arevalo added that Alberto is well-respected among subordinates, peers and more senior officers of the now more than 98,000 Army troopers.
“He is known for his dedicated, no-nonsense, and passionate approach while ensuring the welfare of the men and women under his command,” Arevalo said.
Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said Alberto is a graduate of various courses both local and abroad. The most significant is the Scout Ranger Course, Strategic Intel Course, Counterterrorism Fellowship Program and Master of Arts (strategic studies) from National Defense University, USA. He also holds a masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security from the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Villanueva said Alberto also served his early days in Luzon and held various positions later in the Army. He has been a battalion commander of the 2nd and 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, commander of Task Force Davao prior to his designation as brigade commander of the 1001st Brigade and the 10th Infantry Division in Mindanao and currently as chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP or ISAFP.
Alberto, according to Villanueva, is also a recipient of various awards such as the Mil Comm Medal, Mil Merit Medal, Bronze Cross Medal, UN Service Medal/Ribbon, Silver Wing Medal, Gold Cross Medal and Distinguished Service Medal.