AFP chief now a 4-star gen­eral

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chiefof-Staff, Lt. Gen. Ben­jamin Madri­gal, Jr. was promoted to the rank of 4-star gen­eral in a don­ning cer­e­mony in Camp Aguinaldo, Que­zon City Thursday morn­ing.

Madri­gal’s fourth star was donned by De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana, AFP pub­lic af­fairs of­fice chief Col. Noel De­toy­ato said in state­ment.

Madri­gal was in­stalled as AFP chief in De­cem­ber last year, re­plac­ing now Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on the Peace Process, Sec­re­tary Car­l­ito Galvez Jr.

Also promoted to the next higher rank in a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony were Ma­jor Gen. Noel Cle­ment, Cen­tral Com­mand’s act­ing com­man­der, and Brig. Gen. Pablo Lorenzo, AFP deputy chief of staff for in­tel­li­gence.

Prior to his present as­sign­ment, Cle­ment com­manded the 501st and 602nd In­fantry Bri­gades and the 10th In­fantry Di­vi­sion serv­ing un­der the East­ern Min­danao Com­mand, which was then com­manded by Madri­gal.

He was also des­ig­nated as AFP deputy chief-of­staff for op­er­a­tions.

Cle­ment re­placed Lt. Gen. Paul Atal who was

des­ig­nated as AFP In­spec­tor Gen­eral in Novem­ber last year. Mean­while, Lorenzo was Se­nior Mil­i­tary As­sis­tant to the Sec­re­tary of Na­tional De­fense be­fore his ap­point­ment as in­tel­li­gence chief.

“Their solid record of ser­vice speaks of their ca­pa­bil­ity, ca­pac­ity, and com­mit­ment to be promoted,” Madri­gal said of Cle­ment and Lorenzo.

“They are com­mit­ted and ca­pa­ble of­fi­cers, pro­fes­sion­als who dis­play the high­est stan­dard of lead­er­ship, com­pe­tence, and char­ac­ter,” the AFP chief added. (PNA)

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