Army assigns new public affairs chief

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – A former commander of an Army battalion based in Mindanao is designated as the new Army Chief Public Affairs in a simple ceremony held here today.

Col. Benjamin L. Hao, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990, replaced Maj. Enrico Gil C. Ileto who acted as the acting chief of the said office for more than a month.

The assumption of office was presided over by Maj. Gen. Rafael C Valencia, the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army.

Prior to his designation, Hao was the commander of a Civil Military Operations Battalion based in the National Capital Region. He was also a former faculty member of the AFP Command and General Staff College.

“After 18 years since I first stepped in the realm of military public affairs, I am now given the chance to lead it for the Army,” said Hao during his assumption speech. “I will try to provide the best public affairs service that our Army deserve to have.”

Ileto, who have done a remarkable job of taking care the Army’s obligation of informing the public even for a short period of time, will go back to his old post as the Commandant of the Army CMO School, also based here.

Hao also served as a key figure in the organization of the defunct AFP National Development Support Command from 2007 to 2009 and as CMO officer of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division during the post-Maguindanao massacre incident from January to November 2010.

“As the new ACPA, I am confident that Hao will bring new ideas and concepts, foster good media relations, and fulfill the public information obligation of the Army,” said the presiding officer. #

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