Ap­point­ment of Air Force chief de­fended

Manila Bulletin - - News - By FRAN­CIS T. WAKE­FIELD

Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo on Fri­day said there is noth­ing ir­reg­u­lar with the des­ig­na­tion of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Roz­zano Briguez as the new com­mand­ing gen­eral of the Philip­pine Air Force (PAF) re­plac­ing Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Galileo Ger­ard Kin­ta­nar, Jr.

In a state­ment, Arevalo said Kin­ta­nar was re­placed not for any is­sues of cor­rup­tion or anom­alies as in­sin­u­ated by some posts in so­cial me­dia, re­it­er­at­ing that the re­cent change in the PAF lead­er­ship is part of the on­go­ing move­ment in the top posts in the AFP hier­ar­chy.

“A few days ago, with the re­tire­ment of Lt. Gen. Rafael Va­len­cia, his post as in­spec­tor gen­eral was filled by Lt. Gen. Paul Atal who yielded his post to Maj. Gen. Noel Cle­ment. That ren­dered the lat­ter’s post as com­man­der, 10th In­fantry Divi­sion va­cant. We ex­pect fur­ther move­ments in the top level AFP lead­er­ship with the im­pend­ing re­tire­ment of Gen­eral Car­l­ito Galvez, Jr. as AFP chief of staff,” Arevalo said.

“As has been an­nounced, Lt. Gen. Ben­jamin Madri­gal, Jr. re­places him and thereby ren­ders his post as com­man­der, East­ern Min­danao Com­mand va­cant,” he said. “The Board of Gen­er­als has con­vened to de­lib­er­ate on the move­ments in the AFP’s top posts,” he added.

Arevalo said as a dy­namic or­ga­ni­za­tion, AFP of­fi­cers are ac­cus­tomed to such move­ments. “The end view is to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity and seam­less tran­si­tions in com­mand and lead­er­ship that bear on ac­com­plish­ing our 83-year old man­date of pro­tect­ing the peo­ple and se­cur­ing the state,” Arevalo said.

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