AFP defends appointment of new Air Force chief
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said yesterday there is nothing irregular in the designation of Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez as the new commanding general of the Philippine Air Force vice Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr.
Arevalo said Kintanar was replaced not for corruption or anomalies as insinuated by some posts in social media.
The AFP spokesperson reiterated that the recent change in the PAF leadership is part of the ongoing movement in the top AFP hierarchy.
“A few days ago, with the retirement of Lt. Gen. Rafael Valencia, his post as the Inspector General was filled by Lt. Gen. Paul Atal who yielded his post to Major 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 Gen. 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."
“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 83year old mandate of protecting the people and securing the State," Arevalo said.