MANILA (UPDATED) — Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., a veteran of the 2017 siege of Marawi City, is the new commanding general of the Philippine Army, the defense department said on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed Brawner's appointment effective Dec. 7
Brawner replaces Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, who was appointed head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in mid-November.
"We wish General Brawner all the best in his new assignment, and are confident that General Brawner will continue the reform initiatives his predecessors pursued in order to transform the largest branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines into a more dynamic and more professional organization true to its mandate to serve our people and secure our nation," said Cabinet Secretary Carlo Nograles.
Brawner served as deputy commander of the military task force that fought against the pro-Islamic State gunmen who attacked Marawi City in 2017. He was appointed as commander of the 4th Infantry Division in July.
He belongs to the Philippine Military Academy Makatao Class of 1989.