MGEN ERNESTO CASTRO TORRES JR is the thirty ninth Commander of Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was the former Commander of the Joint Task Force Haribon, Eastern Mindanao Command covering Davao City and Island Garden City of Samal as its joint operational area. Concurrently, he is also the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command. He was born on 26 January 1967 in Quezon City and a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989.
A firm believer of the saying “Excellence is won by Training,” he took up various military trainings in the country and abroad. Locally, he completed the Basic Armor and Advance Armor Courses; he is likewise a graduate of Airborne at the Special Forces School; and Intelligence Course at the Special Intelligence Training School, where he consistently finished on top of his class. At the Royal Military College in Australia, he finished Training Developer Course, Training Analysis Course, Doctrine Development Training and Personnel Management Training. Moreover, he took his Command and General Staff Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. For his civilian schooling, he obtained his Masters Degree in Mathematics at De La Salle University. He likewise earned his Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science at Fort Leavenworth, USA.
For his military career, he was designated to combat, staff and command positions in different units in Luzon and Mindanao, leading men from being a Platoon Leader to becoming a Brigade Commander, earning for himself both the Luzon and Mindanao Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medals. He also had a stint as an instructor and tactical officer at the Philippine Military Academy during the mid-90s. His most recent positions of major responsibility include: Chief, Office of the Public Affairs and spokesperson for the Philippine Army, and subsequently for the whole Armed Forces of the Philippines; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 of the Light Armor Division; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3 of the 7th Infantry Division; Executive Assistant to the Commanding General of the Philippine Army; Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1 of the Philippine Army; and, prior to his present position, he was the 1003rd Infantry Brigade Commander. He assumed as the Joint Task Force Haribon Commander and as the Deputy Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command on 18 March 2019.
His three decades of military service has been devoted to serving the people and securing the land, which he carried out with utmost pride, competence and integrity. Thus, earning recognition and awards such as the Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Stars, Distinguished Service Medals, Meritorious Achievement Medals, Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medals, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal, United Nations Medal, and numerous Military Merit and Commendation Medals. He likewise earned an honorary Royal Thai Army Airborne Wings from the Thailand Army; and a number of recognitions from the civilian sector.
Apart from these accolades, he considers his family as his most prized possession. He is happily married to Evangeline Cuisia-Torres and is blessed with a daughter named Zoe Jeline and a son, named Manuel Jhudiel.