By BEN BALCE
Abad replaced Maj. General Ricardo Aguirre David, Jr., who was appointed as commander of the military’s Northern Luzon Command based in
Under David’s command are two Infantry Divisions deployed in Northern Luzon, the 5th Infantry Division based in Gamu,Isabela and the 7th Infantry Division based in
4ID’s spokesman Major Michelle Anayron said Abad initially assumed the command since the Commander-in-Chief, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is yet to sign the appointment of new 4ID commander.
“The new 4ID commander will announce soon. Abad took over as an acting capacity since no recommendation yet from the Board of General and the Secretary of National Defense that was signed by PGMA,” said Anayron.
The turn over ceremony was presided by Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit.
In his speech, Abad vowed to crush insurgency.
“This in line with the continuous effort of the government to fight communist rebels,” said Abad adding that to restore peace and order in the whole region.
“This is like a two-minutes fight against the insurgents as we have to make a best shot,” said Abad.
“I assured to continuously implemented the plans and thrust that Gen. David have started,” said Abad.
Abad who is a member of PMA Class 1978 said that he would ensure to pursue the command’s vision.
“To command with conviction as I commit to do my best,” Abad said.
Abad is known a seasoned combat commander with postings in Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Maguindano, Sharrif Kabungsuan, Negros,