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|AFP Chiefs of Staff; News, updates, developments|
|Topic Started: Aug 4 2004, 09:59 AM (14,636 Views)|
|Frenzy||Nov 2 2009, 07:47 PM Post #71|
MANILA - Another member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1978, which includes President Arroyo as an honorary member, has been assigned to a key position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and more of them may get plum posts in the run up to the May 2010 polls.
Philippine Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Villanueva on Monday took over as the new commander of the AFP’s Central Command (CentCom) based in Cebu City, which covers the whole of Visayas as its area of operations. Villanueva replaced Lt. Gen. Isagani Cachuela who reached the mandatory retirement age of 56.
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado presided over the turnover of command to Villanueva, who was the former commander of the Army's 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. Villanueva’s replacement as 7th ID commander has yet to be announced.
Villanueva is a member of the PMA Class 1978, whose other prominent members include Army chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit and Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena.
Cachuela, meanwhile, is a member of PMA Class 1976 which includes Ibrado, AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rodrigo Maclang, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Emilio Marayag, and Navy chief Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez. Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. is an adopted "mistah" or classmate of Class 1976.
Ibrado is set to retire on March 10, 2010, more than 2 months before the May 2010 elections. Speculation is rife that Bangit, who was chief of the Presidential Security Group from 2003 to 2006, would succeed Ibrado.
Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., Armed Forces’ public affairs office chief, said Villanueva's appointment to his new post was endorsed by the military's Board of Generals, which Ibrado chairs. The recommendation was subsequently approved by the President.
"He is very professional, intelligent," said Brawner of the new CentCom commanding general. The CentCom chief post carries a 3-star rank, making Villanueva’s promotion imminent.
Brawner said Ibrado had asked Villanueva to "carry on" with the ongoing fight against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, which President Arroyo has ordered defeated before she finishes her term in 2010.
"The AFP chiefs' guidance to general Villanueva is to carry on the fight and make sure that the troops under CentCom will contribute to our mission to defeat the insurgency by 2010. The general guidance is for them to help, contribute in the campaign," Brawner said.
Meanwhile, AFP National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) chief Maj. Gen. Jogy Leo Fojas, who is also a member of PMA Class 1976, is also set to reach the mandatory retirement age on Friday.
According to a military source, Fojas will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, currently the commander of Army's 10th Infantry Division and another member of the PMA class 1978.
NCRCom is the military's anti-coup force in Metro Manila.
Fojas also chairs the military tribunal hearing the mutiny case against the group of former Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and former Army Scout Ranger chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim. The two are accused of involvement in the alleged plan to overthrow the Arroyo government in February 2006. It is not yet clear who will replace Fojas as chairman of the general court martial.
Mapagu, according to a source in the miltiary, will be replaced as 10th ID commander by another "mistah," Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, who is currently AFP deputy chief of staff for operations.
Holganza’s replacement, the source said, is said to be the current AFP civil relations chief Brig. Gen. Gaudencio Pangilinan, who is a member of PMA class 1979.
Meanwhile, a military source said that AFP National Development and Support Command chief Lt. Gen. Jaime Buenaflor is reportedly eyeing an early retirement before his scheduled retirement on Dec. 6, 2009.
Buenaflor will reportedly be replaced by Maj. Nestor Ochoa, current commander of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division based in Isabela. Buenaflor and Ochoa are members of PMA class 1977.
as of 11/02/2009 7:00 PM
|saver111||Jan 25 2010, 07:11 PM Post #72|
12 generals eligible to replace Ibrado
By ELENA L. ABEN
January 24, 2010, 5:43pm
Amid reports over the possible extension of term of Gen. Victor Ibrado as Armed Forces (AFP) Chief of Staff, a military official said there are 12 other generals who are eligible to assume the top post.
Ibrado is due to retire on March 10 but various groups and politicians have been endorsing to the President the extension of his term until after the May polls to ensure continuity and consistency in the handling of peace and order concerns for the elections.
AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said Ibrado has repeatedly expressed he is willing and ready to follow whatever the President’s decision will be.
The name of rmy Chief Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1978 of which President Arroyo is an adopted member, has been prominently mentioned to become the next AFP Chief of Staff when Ibrado turns 56 in March.
But a top military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there are other contenders who are as qualified and said the selection of the next military chief is not limited to Bangit.
“Bangit, no doubt, is highly qualified but others are as competent as the Army chief. In fact, some of his lesser known classmates are gunning for the top post,” said the official, who also pointed out that other members of PMA “Masikap” Class of ’77 and “Magilas” Class of ’76 are also being considered because of seniority.
“Class ’77 members are fielding their bets also and they’re making their presence felt. Two from Class 76 are also very much qualified to replace their mistah [Ibrado],” the official added.
He acknowledged that Bangit is the most controversial among the contenders because of his class’ affiliation with the Chief Executive.
“Naipit talaga si Gen. Bangit. He is deserving and so are his classmates and members of Class ’77,” the official said.
The others vying for the top military post are Air Force Chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena (Class ’78), Maj. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu (Class ’78), commander of the National Capital Region Command; Gen. Nestor Ochoa (Class ’77), commander, National Development and Support Command; Gen. Ricardo David (Class ’77), commander, Northern Luzon Command; Roland Detabali (Class ’78), commander, Southern Luzon Command (Solcom); Gen. Ralph Villanueva (Class ’78), commander, Central Command (Centcom); Gen. Raymundo Ferrer (Class ’77), commander, Eastern Mindanao Command; Gen. Ben Dolorfino (Class ’76), commander, Western Mindanao Command; Navy Flag Officer in Command Ferdinand Solis Golez (Class ’76); Lt. Gen. Rodrigo Maclang, and Vice Admiral Leonardo Calderon (both members of Class ’76).
Ferrer is an Army general known for his peace-building efforts in the conflict-affected areas involving Moro rebels in Mindanao.
David was the former commander of the 4th Infantry Division before he was named to head the Northern Luzon Command based in Tarlac City. He took over from Lt. Gen. Isagani Cachuela who now heads the Central Command in Cebu City.
Villanueva was the former commander of the 7th Infantry Division based at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija while Ochoa was the former commander of the 5th Infantry Division based in Gamu, Isabela.
Mapagu is the commanding general of the AFP National Capital Region Command, the anti-coup force in Metro Manila.
Former Marines commander Dolorfino, who was appointed Wesmincom chief, was not without controversy.
His appointment paved the way for Maj. Gen. John Martir to command the 8,000- strong elite Marines Corps.
Justice for Daniel Lorenz Jacinto
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|israeli||Mar 8 2010, 05:27 PM Post #73|
Arroyo names Bangit as new AFP chief
03/08/2010 | 12:55 PM
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday named Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit as the incoming chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Bangit assumes the top military post when Gen. Victor Ibrado retires on Wednesday, his 56th birthday.
President Arroyo, the commander-in-chief of the military and police, made the statement in a chance interview with reporters in San Sebastian College in Manila.
The President said the turnover ceremonies will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Bangit belongs to the Philippine Military Academy "Makatarungan" Class of 1978, which has President Arroyo as its honorary member.
"I am very thankful with the decision of the Commander-in-Chief. More than it is an honor for me, I would like to assure the people that I will do my very best to serve the interest of this nation and the Filipino people," Bangit said in a statement sent through Lt. Col. Marcelo Burgos Jr.
"Just like what I did when I assumed command of the Philippine Army, I assure every member of the organization that I will be a very, very good commander to them," he added.
The incoming AFP chief said he will announce his plans for the military when he assumes his post. Other significant positions previously held by Bangit were:
# Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) chief - May 6, 2008 to June 12, 2009;
# 2nd Infantry Division chief - Sept. 11, 2007 to May 6, 2008;
# Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) - Aug. 16, 2006 to Sept. 5, 2007; and
# Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander.
'The price for loyalty'
Critics of the administration said Bangit's appointment did not surprise them, as Bangit is perceived to be loyal to President Arroyo.
"That's the price for loyalty. Any president would have done the same," said former Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin, who is running under the Nacionalista Party's senatorial slate.
Querubin, however, was quick to add that Bangit was the "logical" choice to succeed Ibrado as he is the most senior service commander. Querubin is detained at the ISAFP compound in Camp Aguinaldo facing mutiny charges before a military court.
Querubin's fellow NP senatorial aspirant, Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, expressed more alarm at Bangit's appointment.
"His appointment as AFP chief does not bode well for the morale of the AFP rank and file," said Ocampo. "Worse, it raises the specter of electoral fraud ala 2004 with GMA aspiring to become Speaker of the House of Representatives, what with DND (Department of National Defense) Secretary Norberto Gonzales pushing for a greater role of the AFP in the May 10 elections."
Senator Francis Pangilinan, campaign manager of the Liberal Party's senatorial slate, said they are challenging Bangit to "prove his loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law and not to the appointing power."
"He should bear in mind that his appointment comes at a time when there is a great deal of anxiety over allegations that this administration has no intention of stepping down after June 30, 2010," Pangilinan said. "All eyes are on him and we expect him as a professional soldier not to allow the AFP to be a tool to prop up a very unpopular administration through unconstitutional and illegal means."
But Ibrado said concerns that Bangit would be used by the administration to cheat in the May elections were "unfair accusations."
"As far as I am concerned, he is very professional, he has proven that he is a very good commander, and I think he would do a good job as chief of staff," Ibrado said. — with Johanna Camille Sisante/RSJ, GMANews.TV
|"I'm very determined. If I decide what something is worth doing, then I'll put my heart and soul to it. The whole ground can be against me, but if I know it is right, I'll do it. That's the business of a leader." - Lee Kuan Yew|
|MSantor||Mar 24 2010, 12:15 PM Post #74|
General Bangit walks out on a press conference:
Philippine Star link
|MSantor||Mar 25 2010, 12:27 AM Post #75|
|spraret||Jun 1 2010, 08:27 PM Post #76|
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'Bangit to step down if Aquino says so'
|Fmr TOPP Awardee 82'PNP||Jun 2 2010, 07:48 AM Post #77|
|Bangit go, Versoza stay. This is the only news for them as of today, but they have still to observe formalities by tendering their courtesy resignation. Versoza's stay will only be until December anyway. He has to retire having reached the compulsory age. I hope my companero & friend Gen. Jef Soriano is a candidate for the top PNP post. He is a PMA'yer but his experience with the defunct PC/INP where we have worked together before is substantial experience apart from being a lawyer.|
"GUILTY CONSCIENCE NEEDS NO ACCUSER"
|spraret||Jun 2 2010, 12:14 PM Post #78|
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Submit resignation like Verzosa did, Bangit told
|MSantor||Jun 7 2010, 12:22 AM Post #79|
More of what will happen to Bangit:
Philippine Star link
|spraret||Jun 8 2010, 06:58 AM Post #80|
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Noynoy eyeing PMAer from senior class to replace AFP chief
06/07/2010 | 09:03 PM
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