New military commander in Bicol assumes office


LEGAZPI CITY – The new commander of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division (9ID), Brig. Gen. Henry A. Robinson Jr., has assumed post as the top military officer of Bicol region.

Army Captain John Paul Belleza, 9ID spokesperson, said in an interview on Friday that Robinson replaced Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad who retired Friday (May 29), capping off more than 37 years in military service.

Belleza said Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, presided over the change of command ceremony at the Spear Division’s Multi-Purpose Gym in Pili, Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

“In his retirement speech, Maj. Gen. Trinidad recognized the dedicated workforce of the Spear Division, saying that if not for them, he will not be retiring as an accomplished military officer,” he said.

Belleza added that Gapay thanked Trinidad for his remarkable contribution in advancing the region’s peace and development efforts.

“He expressed his confidence to the new Commander of 9ID with the hope that the Division will continue to thrive with its vision towards a world-class army that is a source of national pride while securing and attaining a peaceful and progressive Bicolandia,” he said.

Gapay also gave guidance to Robinson on supporting the Army’s momentum in capacitating its field and combat units toward delivering effective assistance to the communities in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Prior to the turnover ceremony, the 9ID conducted demilitarization of the captured, confiscated, surrendered, and recovered (CCSR) firearms from February 15, 2018 to May 7, 2020. The activity aimed to ensure that all CCSR firearms are destroyed to avoid pilferage, resale or being used in illegal activities.

A road roller from the 565th Engineering Construction Battalion ran over the 59 weapons.

Trinidad said the volume of CCSR firearms only proves that the Army in Bicol is winning the fight against insurgency.

“With the new division commander, the Spear Division is sturdy and ready to soar higher in resolving the armed conflict in Bicolandia while delivering excellent military service to the Bicolanos,” he added. (PNA)