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Galvez: WestMinCom stays in Zambo

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Incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez has vowed to keep the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) headquarters in Zamboanga City.

Galvez assured officials of the city that Westmincom will stay in the city because the facility it is situated in a very strategic location in Mindanao.

“I promise our officials here that while I am still in the service, Westmincom will stay in Zamboanga City because this is the most strategic location in Mindanao.”

Galvez issued the assurance during the testimonial dinner tendered to him by Congressman Celso Lobregat at the La Vista del Mar.

According to Galvez, there are proposals calling for the transfer of Westmincom to another area in Mindanao, however, he expressed opposition to the plan.

He said that Zamboanga City is close to his heart because he was already here from the year 2000 when he was commander of the First Scout Ranger Battalion, until he became the 104th Brigade commander in Baslilan Province.

The outgoing Westmincom chief will officially sit as AFP chief of staff on April 28, 2018.

His sterling performance during the five-month Marawi siege was one of the reasons President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to head the armed forces.

He said there was a move to send one battalion from Westmincom to Marawi but he refused saying this will create a vacuum and will also endanger the security of the city.

“There was a move to pull out one battalion from Zamboanga City to Marawi, but I refused because Zamboanga has already suffered twice. The first was the Cabatangan and followed by the 2013 siege,” Galvez said.

Lobregat commended Galvez for his achievements in maintaining peace and order not only in the city, but he whole Western Mindanao.

He said under the term of Galvez, more than 200 Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered and kidnapping cases have also decreased under his area of jurisdiction. (Elinor Fernandez)




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