By Aira Genesa Magdayao
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria assumed the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WesCom) on Thursday.
Garcia replaced Vice Admiral Rene Medina, who led the unified command for almost 14 months in securing and sustaining peace in the Joint Area of Operation (JAO), including the other mission areas – Territorial Defense Operations (TDO), Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) and Support to National Development, covering the Province of Palawan and the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Gloria is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Maringal” Class of 1988. Before taking his post in WesCom, he was AFP deputy chief of staff.
He was also a tactical and rescue pilot, and holds a command pilot rating in the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
During his stint as WesCom chief, Medina was able to degrade the Communist Terrorist Group, and adversely affected their terroristic activities in the province. Likewise, his dynamic leadership brought about the effective, and active collaboration of local government units and other law enforcement agencies.
“All of us here share a moral involvement in sustaining peace and protection of Palawan. As I held the commandership of this unique unified command, it was my hope that WesCom will remain steadfast. Alam ko na ang ating mga nasimulan ay magpapatuloy. Of course our accomplishments, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat,” Medina said.