December 12, 2017, 8:16 am
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AFP chief’s term extended to April

PRESIDENT Duterte has extended the term of Armed Forces chief Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero to April 24 next year.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, signed the order on December 6 approving the extension of the service of Guerrero to enable him to complete a six-month term as chief of staff.

Guerrero was supposed to retire on December 17 on reaching the   age of 56.

Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, replaced Eduardo Año as AFP chief on October 26.

The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed his appointment and promotion.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Guerrero took his oath before President Duterte  on Wednesday in Malacañang as an “AFP chief extendee.”

Before Guerrero, several AFP chiefs had their terms extended. The last was now national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon who served from July 2006 to May 2008 after an extension of three months and three days.

Several three-star generals are qualified to succeed Guerrero upon his retirement on April 24, including Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista, Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen.
Benjamin Madrigal, and Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar. – With Victor Reyes

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