Major General Anthony Alcantara is the currentl Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was formerly the Commander of the Sixth Infantry Division (6ID), replacing Major General Fred Cayetano. Alcantara is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979.
Alcantara is a member of the PMA Class of 1979. He finished his Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines and Development Management at Asian Institute of Management.
Alcantara has held several key positions. He was the Commander, Presidential Escort Battalion at PSG; Commander, 16th Infantry Battalion in Quezon Province; Commander, 702nd Brigade in Luzon; and Commander, Training and Doctrine Command of the Philippine Army.
Role in Ampatuan Massacre
During his stint as Commander of the 6th Infantry Division, Alcantara ably led his Command in conducting security and stability operations in Central Mindanao especially during the aftermath of the infamous Ampatuan Massacre on November 2009, particularly the implementation of Martial Law and State of Emergency. These operations successfully led to arrests of those who were implicated in the massacre; resumption of Law and Order in entire area of responsibility; and the government machineries to go back to function.
His sterling leadership and remarkable credibility made the Command successfully facilitated the conducts of 2010 National and Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. He also ensured the ìmplementation of IPSP dubbed as Bayanihan in all units within the area. These are seen through the completed infrastructure projects particularly construction/repair of school structures implemented through convergence of efforts and resources from different entities (NG, LGUs, INGOs, NGOs & CSOs) including the local communities themselves.