Brig. General Wilbur Mamawag is Acting Army Commander in the Eastern Visayas
CITY OF TACLOBAN –– Eastern Visayas have a new senior military official.
Brigadier General Wilbur Mamawag was appointed Acting Commander of the 8th Infantry Division (ID) in Simple Rites at the Division Headquarters Camp Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City, Samar.
He will replace Major General Pio Diñoso III, who retired on October 9.
The ceremony was chaired by Lieutenant General Andres Centino, Commander of the Philippine Army, with General Jose Faustino, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, sending a video message.
Diñoso assumed the post of division commander on July 5, 2019.
Mamawag was Dinoso’s deputy before being appointed the new commander-in-chief of the 8th ID.
Government soldiers won one of their victories in the fight against the New People’s Army (NPA) during Diñoso’s tenure.
On August 16, soldiers from the 52nd Infantry Battalion launched an air and ground assault on a Communist rebel bomb-making hiding place in Barangay Osmeña, in the town of Dolores, in eastern Samar.
The attack, which lasted 13 hours, resulted in the deaths of 19 rebels.
Diñoso had vowed to end the region’s insurgency by engaging local governments in the End Local Communist Armed Conflict program.
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