Army installs new Scout Ranger Regiment Commander

FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army installed the new Commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) on October 13, 2020 at Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan.

In a Change of Command Ceremony presided by the Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the outgoing FSRR Commander Brig. Gen. William Gonzales relinquished his post to the incoming Commander Col Freddie Dela Cruz.

Prior to his assumption, Col. Dela Cruz served as the Deputy Group Commander of the Presidential Security Group. As a combat leader, he served as the commanding officer of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion in Mindanao, and the 3rd Scout Ranger Company in Visayas. He held various staff positions mostly within the Regiment. A member of Philippine Military Academy “Tanglaw-Diwa” Class of 1992, he graduated first in his Scout Ranger course and underwent the US Army Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, United States. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.

On the other hand, Brig. Gen. Gonzales, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989, is recognized for his accomplishments in leading the Regiment. Under his command, the FSRR neutralized 150 enemy personalities including two Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leaders and seized 130 firearms. The CGPA also lauded Brig. Gen. Gonzales for ensuring the well-being of his personnel by providing skills and livelihood trainings for wounded-in-action personnel.

The CGPA also led the pinning of the Army Governance Pathways Proficient Status medallion on FSRR’s plaque. The AGP follows four stages namely Initiated, Compliant, Proficient and Institutionalized status which is aimed to drive results, reward performance, and institutionalize the Army Transformation Roadmap in the organization.

“Rangers, carry on with your Musang spirit. Always display unwavering dedication, commitment to your mission and be passionate towards productivity. Live up to a meaning of RANGER – Remain Aggressive in Neutralizing Groups that Endanger the Rights for everyone. Your success is also the success of the Army and our People.” Lt. Gen. Sobejana said in his remarks. #


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