Duterte names new PAF chief

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    PRESIDENT Duterte has designated Maj. Gen. Allen Paredes as the new Air Force chief, replacing Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez who is due to retire this Friday upon reaching the retirement age of 56.

    Paredes, the current commander of the Air Logistics Command based in Clark Air Base, will assume his new post today in rites at the Air Force headquarters in Pasay City to be presided over by Duterte.

    Briguez described Paredes, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1988, as a competent officer.

    “He is from the PMA Class 1988 and originated from the 15th Strike Wing (based in Cavite City) during his younger days,” Briguez said of Paredes.

    Paredes was named commander of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing in February 2016 during the time of then President Benigno Aquino III. He went on to serve as commander of the unit during the time of President Duterte for a couple of years.

    In July 2018, Paredes was named as Chief of Air Staff, the No. 3 man of the Air Force, a post he held before he was designated as ALC commander in February last year.

    “(He is a) competent and outstanding officer,” Air Force spokesman Maj. Aristides Galang said of Paredes.

    DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong congratulated Paredes for his appointment, saying: “Maj. Gen. Paredes’ wide experience and sterling record will serve the PAF well as he leads it to new heights. We wish him good luck…Serving the Air Force for 36 years, he is a competent and outstanding military officer.”

    AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said: “He (Paredes) is one of the PAF’s most experienced command pilots having served the AFP for 36 years….He has gone through different echelons of air command with distinction.”

    Paredes bested three fellow senior officers for post – AFP vice chief of staff Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria, Air Force vice commander Maj. Gen. Pelagio Valenzuela, and Air Education and Training Command chief Maj. Gen. Ferdinand Cartujano.