A veteran of the 2000 all-out war in Mindanao, declared by former President Estrada against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was named as new commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).
Maj. Gen. Andre Costales will be installed as PMC commandant today during change of command ceremony to be presided over by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya at the Marine headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.
Costales will succeed Maj. Gen. Remigio Valdez who is retiring from the active service.
Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, spokesman for the Marines, said Costales was with the Marine Battalion Landing Team-2 during the all-out war in Central Mindanao.
Costales received Gold Cross medal after the all-out war against the MILF which resulted in the recovery of almost all MILF camps in the area against its main headquarters of Camp Abubakar.
“That is one of the combat highlights of his career,” Lacuesta said.
In 2000, former President Estrada declared an all-out war against the MILF following a series of atrocities committed by the secessionist group in Central Mindanao.
Lacuesta said Costales also served in Sulu as commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade before its redeployment in Palawan which has jurisdiction over the Kalayaan Islands Group
“In the Marines, he is known as an educator,” said Lacuesta, citing Costales’ stint as assistant superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy; training and education head of the Marines and superintendent of the PMC Training Center.