See also: 3 Special Forces colonels sacked

Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz has relieved Col. Alexander Macario as head of Special Operations Task Force Basilan, following the clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that left 19 soldiers dead.

Macario was removed from his post “after further inquiry showed lapses on his part,” Ortiz said in a text message to reporters late Friday.

Macario will be replaced by Col. Ramon Yogyog effective the same day, Ortiz said.

On Wednesday, Ortiz also relieved Lt. Col. Leo Peña as commander of the 4th Special Forces Battalion, the Army unit that was involved in Tuesday’s deadly clash in Al Barkah.

Lieutenant Col. Jose Laplap, the deputy SOTF Basilan commander, was appointed as acting head of the 4SFBn. (John Roson)

See also: 3 Special Forces colonels sacked

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