Special Forces Regiment gets new commander

08 Dec 18 COC SF

FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila– The Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) installed a new commander on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

The Change of Command Ceremony was led by the Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto. Outgoing Brig. Gen. Ramiro Manuel A. Rey formally turned over the responsibilities of leading the SFR(A) to his predecessor Brig. Gen. Reynaldo M. Aquino.

“As you assume the leadership, endeavor plans and programs aimed at making our Special Forces at par with that of other countries around the world. Set goals for the SFR(A)’s long-term capability development, not just in terms of equipment but in competencies,” said Lt. Gen. Alberto in his speech.

Brig. Gen. Aquino is member of the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986. He is a graduate of Master of Science in Defense Analysis at the US Naval Post Graduate School in the US. He is a Special Forces and intelligence officer.

Prior to his post he was the Deputy Commander AFP SOCOM. His other stints included various leadership posts at the Light Reaction Regiment, AFP Joint Special Operations Group, and the PA SOCOM. He also played an important part in the liberation of Marawi from the hand of Daesh-inspired terrorists.

Brig. Gen. Aquino said in his speech, “the first order of the day as your new commander is for us to remain professional and dedicated to our core values and oath as professionals and global warriors. While in the performance of your respective duties and responsibilities, may it be as subordinate commanders, as staff officers, as key NCOs or as just plain man in the ranks.”

The Philippine Army SFR(A) is among the elite units that embodies the Army’s constant efforts to develop world-class soldiers and Army capabilities. It has a major contribution on the Army’s efforts to achieve its vision to be a world-class army that is a source of national pride by 2028.#


Personal Information:
1. Carolina G Bajao
    BS in Commerce

2. Donna Lynne G Bajao
    Master in Special Education

3. Mark Daniel G Bajao
   Juris Doctor of Laws

4. Marie Tonette G Bajao
    Master in Special Education

5. Hannah Margaret G Bajao
    Doctor of Medicine

6. Mychelle Nathanielle G Bajao


 2000    1    2012
Associate Professor V
College of Local Government and
University of Makati
 2002   1    2003
 Instructor/Senior Tactical Officer
Department of Military Science and
University of the Philippines
 2004    1    2005
 Head Executive Assistant
Office of the Director
Bureau of Corrections
Department of Justice
 2008    1    2011
 Secretary Directorial Staff
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
Office of the President
 2022    1    2011
 Member, Selection Panel
Department of Education


35th Vice Commander, Philippine Army

Professional Summary

  • Immersed in battlefield operations, with competencies in intelligence, logistics, planning, civil military operations, education and training and disaster relief operations
  • Assigned in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and posted in various staff positions from company, battalion, division, Army, Area Command and General Headquarters levels
  • Taught in both military and civilian learning institutions
  • Published works on subjects including army history, peacekeeping, leadership lessons, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and peace initiatives

Academic Highlights

  • An elementary salutatorian, high school valedictorian, and academic awardee in various studies
    • AFP Command and General Staff College
    • Honor Graduate (#2 out of 150)
    • Leadership Award
    • Best Commandant's Paper Award
  • University of the Philippines, Doctorate in Public Administration
    • Gawad Chancellor
    • University Scholar
  • Development Academy of the Philippines, Master in Public Management (Major in Security and Development)
    • Best in Thesis/Special Action Plan and Project
  • Philippine Military Academy
    • General Emilio Aguinaldo Saber Award
    • Commandant's List

Military Milestones

Awarded in command and leadership positions in various units and field assignments

  • Vice Commander, Philippine Army
  • Acting Division Commander, Bicol Region
    • CGPA's Command Plaque - 9th Infantry Division
  • Brigade Commander, SOCCSKSARGEN/Davao Regions
    • Distinguished Service Star during Martial Law in Mindanao - 10th Infantry Division
  • Task Force Commander, General Santos City
    • Silver Cross Medal for the neutralization of terrorist leaders - 10th Infantry Division
  • Battalion Commander, Eastern Visayas Region
    • Gawad sa Kaunlaran during Yolanda - 78th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Division
  • Company Commander, Davao Region
    • Officer of the Year Award - 25th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division
  • Platoon Leader, Davao Region
    • Best Platoon Leader - Bravo Company, 25th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division

Staff Assignments

  • The Internal, Auditor, AFP - General Headquarters
  • Chief, Unified Command Staff, Eastern Mindanao Command - Area Command Headquarters
  • Secretary Joint Staff - General Headquarters
  • Chief, Peacekeeping Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, OJ3 - General Headquarters
  • Secretary Army General Staff - Headquarters Philippine Army
  • Chief, Strategic Studies Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, OG5 - Headquarters Philippine Army
  • Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO/Education Training - Division Headquarters
  • Operations Officer - Battalion Headquarters
  • Executive Officer - Company

Published Works

  • Winning the Peace. Author
  • Special Action Plan and Project on Knowledge Management for Counter-Insurgency Policies and Strategies. Author
  • Counter-Insurgency Policies and Strategies from 1898 to 2011. Author
  • The AFP Lambat-Bitag of 25th Infantry Battalion. Author
  • Thinking Out of the Box. Evolving New Perspectives for Counter-Terrorism Moves in the Philippine Context. Author
  • Command and Leadership. Co-Author
  • Of Stars and Men. Chapter Writer
  • Restoring Hope: Peacekeeping, The East Timor Experience. Copy Editor
  • Philippine Army: The First 100 Years. Art Editor/Researcher