Cotabato City, Philippines
Malacañang has designated a fulltime commander for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division to replace one who is overseeing the contingent in an acting capacity.
Major Gen. Roy Galido shall take over the leadership of 6th ID from his classmate in the Philippine Military Academy, Major Gen. Roberto Capulong.
Galido and Capulong belong to PMA’s Class 90.
Capulong got to the helm of 6th ID, only on a caretaker basis, after the retirement last May 21 of predecessor Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, a member of PMA’s Class ’89.
President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. named Galido as new 6th ID commander last July 22, but copies of the directive, addressed to the Department of National Defense, were released to media outfits only last Tuesday, August 2.
Galido is no stranger to the cities and provinces covered by 6th ID.
He served as commander of the now defunct anti-crime and anti-terror Task Force Tugis of 6th ID and headed a battalion and, subsequently, a brigade under the unit.
The division covers Maguindanao, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces and the cities of Cotabato, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos.
The 6th ID, whose headquarters is in Camp Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, also covers a number of towns in North Cotabato and in Lanao del Sur.
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The 6th ID’s Division Public Affairs Office is expected to announce soon the date of Galido’s assumption as division commander.