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by Mario J. Mallari
Published in tribune.net.ph
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday welcomed a new public affairs officer and spokesman in Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc.
AFP chief of staff Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. handpicked Cabunoc to become chief of the AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) and one of the military’s spokesmen.
A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Bantay Laya” Class of 1994, Cabunoc was the incumbent commander of the AFP’s 7th Civil Relations Group (CRG) operating in Metro Manila.
Aside from his stints to various public affairs offices of the AFP, Cabunoc also served in various First Scout Ranger Regiment units in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu and Basilan, fighting the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group.
Cabunoc is a recipient of numerous military medals and citations, including the Distinguished Conduct Star which is the second highest combat award for bravery. He is also cited by Metrobank as one of The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers in 2004.
Cabunoc will be replaced by Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, incumbent chief of the 1st CRG based in Tarlac City.
Prior to his appointment as 7th CRG chief, Cabunoc served as spokesman of the Philippine Army and the 9th Infantry Division (ID).