Southern Tagalog Army unit has new commander

Ed Amoroso - The Philippine Star

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines — The Army’s 202nd Infantry Brigade based in Southern Tagalog has a new chief.

Col. Cerilo Balaoro Jr., formerly commander of the 20th Brigade, assumed the post yesterday, replacing Brig. Gen. Alex Rillera who was designated as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Balaoro is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sambisig” Class of 1991 and obtained his masters in national security administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines in Quezon City.

Balaoro vowed to do his best and emulate the legacy of his predecessors.

“This designation is both an opportunity and a challenge. Opportunity because this is the chance for me to show my capability as a leader and as a manager. Challenge, since this is the crunch time of our campaign. Kung baga sa basketball, last 2 minutes na tayo,” Balaoro said.

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