President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. as new chief of the Army, effective today, 7 December, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
Brawner will be replacing Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, who has been concurrently serving as Army chief while also holding the post of Armed Forces chief of staff since November 12.
Brawner is coming into the Army’s helm from the 4th Infantry Division, which is based Cagayan de Oro City and responsible for internal security operations in most of Northern and Northeastern Mindanao.
Before his stint at the 4th ID, Brawner served as AFP deputy chief of staff for financial management, commandant of cadets at the Philippine Military Academy, a ground commander in Marawi City, and AFP public affairs chief.
It was during Brawner’s term at the 4th ID when top ranking NPA leader Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos was killed by government troops last October 30.