Parlade retires from military service; Bacarro assumes post as new SOLCOM chief

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2021   •   394

MANILA, Philippines — Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) commander Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. has formally retired from the military service, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday.

A joint change of command and retirement ceremony, presided by AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana, was held on Sunday, July 25, at the SOLCOM Headquarters in Camp Nakar, Quezon Province.

In a statement, Sobejana cited Parlade’s contributions, including his campaign to eradicate the operations of communist terrorist groups in Southern Luzon.

“Southern Luzon Command, under Lt.Gen. Parlade, certainly ensured that the people of Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region are free from the influence of the enemies of the state, who continuously resort to violence, intimidation, and deception in pursuing their crooked interests and vile goals,” Sobejana said.

“As Commander of SOLCOM, Lt.Gen. Parlade pursued the effective and timely implementation of Campaign Plans that aim to finally neutralize or destroy the remaining communist terrorist groups (CTGs) operating in Southern Luzon,” he added.

“Working hand-in-hand with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, SOLCOM was able to address insurgency in the region through combat operations and by addressing the root causes of insurgency.”

The AFP also said that Parlade led the Command in implementing stakeholder engagements and community support programs to identify and address issues that the CTGs exploit for their propaganda.

He also led SOLCOM in the activation of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Task Groups, in close coordination with Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, which enabled the Command to promptly respond to any eventualities, especially during the recent eruptions of Taal volcano.

“Indeed, SOLCOM, under the leadership of Lt.Gen. Parlade, is always ready to safeguard the people of Southern Luzon from whatever danger or unwanted circumstances that threaten the security environment in the area of operations,” Sobejana said.

Parlade is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

The AFP said Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division commander Major General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro will replace Parlade as the new SOLCOM chief.

Bacarro is a member of the PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988.

He previously served as the Commandant of the PMA Cadet Corps and as Internal Auditor of the AFP, Chief of Staff of 4th Infantry Division, Commander of 502nd Infantry Brigade, and also the Head of the AFP-ELCAC.

He is also a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff Course in Kansas, USA.

Bacarro was awarded the Medal of Valor “for acts of conspicuous courage, gallantry, and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” during an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Isabela in 1991.

“Major General Bacarro’s bravery and gallantry are beyond reproach. He is a leader who never leaves his men behind in the direst of situations,” Sobejana said.

“I expect that he will usher in more accomplishments and milestones not only for this command but also for the whole of Southern Luzon,” he added.

Defense chief Lorenzana says Parlade claim on Bong Go controlling Duterte ‘baseless’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana belied the claims of retired military general and presidential aspirant Antonio Parlade Jr. that former aide and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has been controlling the decisions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Parlade made the claim when he filed his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 elections as substitute of Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino Party.

He is running against Go and several other presidential candidates.

The retired general claimed that Go was “among the country’s problems” and that it was common knowledge among officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines that Go “controls” Duterte’s decisions.

But Lorenzana rejected his claims.

“Lt. Gen Parlade’s statement is baseless,” the defense chief said in a statement.

“In the years I have known the President, he has always been his own man. The President stands by his own decisions, has always been firm in his directives to us, who are working for him, and is not as easily swayed or influenced by others as purported by the general,” he added.

Parlade became controversial when he was still in active military service and serving as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for red-tagging some celebrities and other activists.

He resigned from the task force in June before retiring in July 2021 as commander of AFP Southern Luzon Command when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 56. He was appointed as deputy director general of the National Security Council in September.

He said he decided to file his candidacy as he “cannot align himself” with Go.

In defense of Go, Lorenzana said the senator has been the defense sector’s “main bridge” to Duterte.

“He has always been our main bridge to the President and I have not known any instance when SBG acted outside the wishes and decisions of the President,” he said.

Lorenzana disclosed that Go assisted the DND in ensuring the doubling of the salaries of the uniformed personnel as directed by the president when he was still serving as Special Assistant to the President.

“He has also been consistent in strongly supporting DND in all its programs and modernization efforts.
In all these endeavors, Bong Go’s support to the DND and AFP has not abated,” he said.

Lorenzana also denied Parlade’s claims that there was “brewing trouble or discontent in the AFP.”

“The AFP remains a professional organization that continues to work in the interest of the Filipino people, regardless of the prevailing political landscape,” he said.

Parlade files COC for president

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Antonio Parlade Jr. on Monday (November 15) filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as substitute candidate for president in the 2022 national and local elections.

The controversial former government official is running under Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino party (KDP).

He filed his COC to replace KDP’s original presidential bet, Antonio “Butch” Valdez who withdrew his candidacy last Saturday, 13 November.

Valdez, a former undersecretary of the Department of Education and the head of the KDP was the one who named Parlade as his substitute for the post.

Parlade has made controversial headlines for allegedly “red-tagging” lawmakers, organizations, and even celebrities.

In July, Parlade resigned as NTF ELCAC spokesperson to ease the pressure to the body which, at that time, was being questioned by legislators for designating him to the position despite him being in the active service.

Parlade, at that time, was also serving as the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) chief. —/mbmf

Duterte names Army chief Centino as next AFP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Andres Centino as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Malacañang said Friday.

“We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved and signed the designation of LGEN Andres Centino as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) effective November 12, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Centino will replace General Jose Faustino Jr. who is retiring from service as he reaches the mandatory age of 56.

“We are confident that Gen. Centino will continue the initiatives of his predecessors to bring lasting peace and development in the country while securing the State and upgrading our defense capability,” Roque said.

“We wish the success of Gen. Centino in his new role as AFP Chief,” he added.

Centino is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.

Meanwhile, the AFP said Centino’s designation “will prompt an upward movement in the AFP leadership that will further inspire our soldiers to surpass challenges with excellence and continue our campaign towards genuine transformation.”

“He has immense knowledge and experience in leading our troops on the ground and in supporting peaceful efforts to protect our people against various threats,” AFP spokesperson Colonel Ramon Zagala said in a separate statement.

“His integrity, management acumen and genuine desire for peace and development make him a competent leader who shall guide the AFP in fulfilling its mission while supporting national efforts to battle the current pandemic,” he added.

Prior to his appointment, Centino served as AFP deputy chief of staff for operations and infantry division commander in Northern Mindanao.

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