Former Army chief in Panay to lead 3rd Division

Brigadier General Marion Sison, new 3ID commander, speaks while his predecessor, Lieutenant General Benedict Arevalo, listens. (Jennifer P. Rendon photo)

By Jennifer P. Rendon

The longest-serving Philippine Army chief in Panay Island is taking over the Army’s main division in the Central Visayas and Western Visayas region.

Effective Feb 14, Brigadier General Marion Sison was designated commander of the 3rd Infantry Division.

He was part of the 25 General/Flag and Senior officers who were designated to their new posts.

Sison is the outgoing 3rd ID assistant division commander following his assumption on Jan 27.

At that time, he was also the concurrent commander of the 301st Infantry Brigade based in Camp Hernandez in Dingle, Iloilo,

After three years and three months, he relinquished the top 301IB post to Colonel Michael Samson on February 9.

Sison is deemed the longest-serving brigade commander of the 3rd ID and, probably of the Philippine Army in recent times.

Sison, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1991, will succeed Lieutenant General Benedict Arevalo, who had been designated as AFP Visayas Command (VisCom) chief.

A native of Batangas province. Sison started his military career as a platoon leader in Mindanao.

He also held various positions in the intelligence, logistics, and trainings divisions.

During his stint as 301st IB commander, he was credited for “weakening” the New People’s Army (NPA) in Panay.

He led the operation against suspected rebels in Miag-ao, Iloilo on Dec 1, 2021 which led to the death of key rebel leaders.

Sison is married to an Ilongga, Marisha Antenor-Cruz, with whom he has three children.