CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – The 1st Infantry Division (1ID) Commander assumes as the Acting Commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), AFP, today at Camp Don Basilio Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City.
Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio took over the Command from Lt. Gen. Corleto S. Vinluan Jr., who will be retiring from the military service on August 25.
Ponio thanked the AFP leadership, especially the AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., for believing in his ability to lead the WESTMINCOM in an acting capacity pending the confirmation orders of the incoming commander.
“It is truly an honor of a lifetime to be given this trust and confidence to serve as the Acting Commander of WESTMINCOM. I am blessed because I know that the Command, prior to my assumption, is in a high state of morale because of the leadership skills and competencies of the outgoing commander, Lt. Gen. Vinluan,” said Ponio.
Ponio assures the officers, troops, and partner agencies of WESTMINCOM that he will do his best to accomplish the mission of the Command and steer Team WESTMINCOM.
“To our partners on nation-building, I ask for your continued support in sustaining the peace. To the troops, let us sustain the momentum, and let us not allow the enemy to gain another foothold. My only operational guidance is to continue to pressure the enemy by implementing our respective campaign plans so that we can protect the people and defend our territory,” Ponio added.
CSAFP Lt. Gen. Faustino congratulated both the former commander and the newly installed Acting Commander of WESTMINCOM. Faustino recognized the highly commendable achievements of WESTMINCOM during the leadership of Lt. Gen. Vinluan.
“WESTMINCOM has dutifully protected the region from grave threats of local terrorist groups, communist terrorist groups, and even international terrorist groups. I want to express my utmost gratitude to Lt. Gen. Vinluan for his truly admirable contribution toward the successful accomplishment of the AFP’s mission,” said Faustino.
Faustino is also confident that Maj. Gen. Ponio will assertively do what it takes to sustain the winning momentum of WESTMINCOM.
The WESTMINCOM is one of the AFP’s unified commands combatting insurgency and terrorism in western and central Mindanao.