BGEN ERNESTO CASTRO TORRES JR is the thirty ninth Commander of Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was the former Commander of the Joint Task Force Haribon, Eastern Mindanao Command covering Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal as its joint operational area. Concurrently, he is also the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command. He was born on 26 January 1967 in Quezon City and a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989.
A firm believer of the saying “Excellence is won by Training,” he took up various military trainings in the country and abroad. Locally, he completed the Basic Armor and Advance Armor Courses; he is likewise a graduate of Airborne at the Special Forces School; and Intelligence Course at the Special Intelligence Training School, where he consistently finished on top of his class. At the Royal Military College in Australia, he finished Training Developer Course, Training Analysis Course, Doctrine Development Training and Personnel Management Training. Moreover, he took his Command and General Staff Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. For his civilian schooling, he obtained his Masters Degree in Mathematics at De La Salle University. He likewise earned his Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science at Fort Leavenworth, USA.
For his military career, he was designated to combat, staff and command positions in different units in Luzon and Mindanao, leading men from being a Platoon Leader to becoming a Brigade Commander, earning for himself both the Luzon and Mindanao Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medals. He also had a stint as an instructor and tactical officer at the Philippine Military Academy during the mid-90s. His most recent positions of major responsibility include: Chief, Office of the Public Affairs and spokesperson for the Philippine Army, and subsequently for the whole Armed Forces of the Philippines; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 of the Light Armor Division; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of the 7th Infantry Division; Executive Assistant to the Commanding General of the Philippine Army; Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 of the Philippine Army; and, prior to his present position, he was the 1003rd Infantry Brigade Commander. He assumed as the Joint Task Force Haribon Commander and as the Deputy Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command on 18 March 2019.
His three decades of military service has been devoted to serving the people and securing the land, which he carried out with utmost pride, competence and integrity. Thus, earning recognition and awards such as the Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Stars, Distinguished Service Medals, Meritorious Achievement Medals, Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medals, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal, United Nations Medal, and numerous Military Merit and Commendation Medals. He likewise earned an honorary Royal Thai Army Airborne Wings from the Thailand Army; and a number of recognitions from the civilian sector.
Apart from these accolades, he considers his family as his most prized possession. He is happily married to Evangeline Cuisia-Torres and is blessed with a daughter named Zoe Jeline and a son, named Manuel Jhudiel.
BGEN RONNIE SEXON EVAGELISTA is the 36th Commander of Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines.
GEN EVAGELISTA was born on 23 May 1964 in Montalban,Rizal. He is a proud member of the PMA “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.
Prior to his current post, he was the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command AFP. His other prior assignments includes Commander of the Special forces Regiment airborne SOCOM Philippine Army, Commanding General Officer of 6th Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces Regiment Airborne, SOCOM PA stationed in Bohol, Commanding Officer of Light Reaction Battalion, SOCOM PA; Commandant of Special Forces School Special Forces Regiment Airborne, SOCOM PA; Assistant Chief of Staff for Comptrollership National Capital Region Command GHQ, AFP; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, SOCOM PA.
Aside from his Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippine Military Academy, BGEN EVANGELISTA also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from National College of Business Administration. He also had undergone various schoolings both local and abroad. His Foreign courses include Joint Transition Course, Joint Professional Military Education Phase II both in National Defense University and Special Forces Qualifying Course, all in USA. He also finished Scout Ranger Course, Special Operation Course, Infantry officer Basic Course, Parachute Packing Maintenance and Air Delivery Course, Jump Master Course, Basic Military Scuba Diving Course and Command and General Staff Course.
Over the course of his career, he received numerous awards and decorations including Distinguished Service Stars, Gawad sa kaunlaran Medals, Bronze Cross Medal an Numerous Merit and Commendation Medals.
He is happily married to Jeanny Tadena Evangelista and they are blessed with three sons, namely: Mark Kevin, Mark Dave and Mark Bill.
BGEN RHODERICK M PARAYNO AFP is a Manileno, having been born in Paco, Manila. He was the Commander of the 201st Brigade under the 2nd Infantry Division prior to becoming the 35th Commander of Civil Relations Service.
His military career started at the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated in 1985 as the top 6 graduate out of 209 cadets. After graduation, he immediately took up the Scout Ranger Orientation Course. He is also a graduate of many other courses within the Armed Forces and they include: Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Intelligence Officers Course, Infantry Officer Advance Course and the Command and General Staff Course. Internationally, he took up a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies and the International Counter-terrorism Fellows Program at the National Defense University in the United States. He also attended workshops on International Rules Governing Military Operations at the Malaysian Armed Forces and Maritime Border Security and Operation Law of Malaysia and the Philippines at the US Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.
He spent the first seven years of his career serving in Mindanao where his field expertise was honed. When he was assigned in the National Capital Region, it was to serve in various capacities at this Command – the CRSAFP – for four years, where he started as the Chief of the Admin Branch of the Officer of the OCR2 back then, until being the Group Commander of the Media Affairs Group. He also became the Deputy G7 of the 7th Infantry Division. It was followed by various assignments in the NCR, Luzon and Mindanao until being posted as the 201st Brigade of the 2nd ID.
He is a recipient of many awards and decorations, highlighted by Silver Wing Medal, Bronze Cross Medal, Gawad sa Kaunlaran and Distinguished Service Stars.
He is married to Mrs. Lorelei Parayno whom many of us know as Ma’am Tweetums, and they are blessed with four sons.