BGen Torres Jr, current Commander of Joint Task Force Haribon and Deputy Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, will lead the AFP’s civil affairs and information support operations.
He replaced BGen Edgard Arevalo, AFP Spokesperson and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, who served as Acting Commander in place of the retired Major General Bienvenido Datuin Jr.
The Change of Command Ceremony was held Wednesday, November 6, at the Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo. AFP Vice Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio C Collado Jr attended the ceremony as guest of honor and speaker.
“The change of command ceremony between Brigadier General Edgard A Arevalo, the Acting Commander, CRSAFP and his successor, Brigadier General Ernesto C Torres Jr, not only manifests the stable and strong succession of leadership in the AFP, but is also a venue to honor individuals who had wholeheartedly served the noble profession of arms,” VAdm Collado said.
BGen Torres, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Makatao Class of 1989, is an experienced public affairs officer with stints in the General Headquarters and the Philippine Army.
He was also the Commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade and Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1.
BGen Torres’ combat and administrative experience were highly recognized with several Distinguished Service Stars, Distinguished Service Medals, Meritorious Achievement Medals, Bronze Cross Medals, and Outstanding Achievement Medals, among others.
“As General Arevalo passes his duties and responsibilities to General Torres, he also passes on his legacy of effective leadership and service excellence. With his vast knowledge and years of experience in serving the organization, I have all the confidence in General Torres’ competence to lead the CRSAFP to even greater success,” said VAdm Collado.