BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, a Negrense, is also retiring from the military service on Aug. 21 this year, after 38 years of serving the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Ancan, of Victorias City in Negros Occidental, is a classmate of former AFP chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, of Zamboaguita, Negros Oriental, who bowed out from the military service on July 31, as he reached the mandatory age retirement of 56.
Both are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1987, and were assigned with the 11th Infantry Battalion at the height of the insurgency problem in Negros Island in the late 1980s to early 1990s.
Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who also belongs to PMA Class 1987, is also retiring from the military service next month. His successor is yet to be named by the AFP.
Ancan, whose successor as AFP Central Command chief, has yet to be known, made his exit visit to the 303rd Infantry Brigade at Camp Gerona in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia on July 28, where he awarded Gold Cross Medals to an Army officer and seven other enlisted personnel of the 62nd Infantry Battalion and 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company, for gallantry in action during the simultaneous encounters with New People’s Army rebels on March 23 in Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City.
The operations claimed the lives of 10 communist rebels and yielded 11 high powered firearms, including an M60 machine gun, among other war materials.
Ancan bade farewell to the 303rd Infantry Brigade, headed by Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, and thanked them for their support in his quest for peace in the whole Visayas area, especially in Negros Island.
He also commended the 303rd IB for a job well done in Negros Occidental that, he said, contributed to the overall milestones of the AFP Central Command.*