• AFP chief gets 4th star

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has approved the promotion to four-star general of Hernando Iriberri more than a week after he assumed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    But Irriberi’s promotion has to pass through the Commission on Appointments (CA) and the AFP is optimistic that he will be confirmed owing to his “very good track record.”

    “We are very confident that he will breeze through the Commission on Appointments because he does not have any burden during this promotion,” Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City (Metro Manila).

    Reminded that Iriberri is facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with shelving of three ammunition purchase projects, Detoyato acknowledged that the issue is expected to be brought out during the confirmation process.

    He, however, said he does not see the graft charges as an impediment to Iriberri’s confirmation because the AFP chief can properly answer the allegations before the commission.

    Detoyato disclosed that since the graft charges were filed two months ago, the AFP is yet to receive any notice telling Iriberri to give his side on the allegations.

    On accusations against the AFP chief of condoning human rights abuses, he said these are mere allegations.

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was scheduled to lead the donning of ranks ceremony at the Department of National Defense office at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday afternoon.

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