By Priam Nepomuceno
MANILA: Brig. Gen. Henry Robinson Jr. took over the helm of the Camarines Sur-based 9th Infantry Division on Wednesday.
Philippine Army (PA) commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, led the change-of-command ceremony at Camp Elias Angeles, Barangay San Jose in Pili town, said Army spokesperson, Col. Ramon Zagala, in a statement.
Robinson Jr. replaced Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad, who mandatorily retired from the service.
In his speech, Gapay urged the troops to continue protecting the region from all forms of threats.
“Binding you all across time is the desire to build a strong Army in Bicol—and the mission to provide the region security, peace, and stability. You share the vision and action to make this a reality for the Bicolanos. And that is ‘Bayanihan’,” he said.
Robinson served as assistant division commander of the 7th Infantry Division; the head of the 702nd Infantry Brigade and commander of Task Force Davao of the 10th Infantry Division; and the 23rd and 29th Infantry Battalions of the 4th Infantry Division.
Meanwhile, the 9th Infantry Division under Trinidad’s leadership neutralized 540 New People’s Army terrorists, seized 164 assorted firearms and 133 anti-personnel mines, and the clearing of two NPA guerilla fronts.
Trinidad was also responsible for making the 9th Infantry Division named as the “Best Philippine Army Major Unit for Operations” in the first quarter of 2019.
He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987.