THIRTY-seven units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including its three major services (the Philippine Army, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy) and one major command, have new commanding generals as a result of the mandatory retirements of several senior star-rank officers.
Leading the changes of command are Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri, Air Force commanding general Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan and Central Command (Centcom) chief Lt. Gen. Johan Bonafos.
Irberri assumed his post last February upon the mandatory retirement of Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes. Delgado and Millan took over in April, while Bonafos assumed his post in December last year.
Joining them are the newly appointed members of the Joint Staff,. Including the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training and Doctrines, Rear Admiral Alexander Lopez; Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Virgilio Hernandez; Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, Maj. Gen. Lysander Suerte; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao; Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Rear Admiral Antonio Habulan Jr.; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, Maj. Gen. Romeo Santiago Nebres.
The others are First Infantry Division Commander, Maj. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr.; Philippine Army Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero; AFP Chief Engineer, Maj. Gen. Silvino Alcabasa Jr; Navy Inspector General, Maj. Gen. Remigio Valdez; and AFP Command and General Staff College Commandant, Maj. Gen Emeraldo Magnaye; AFP Resource Management Office chief, Brig. Gen. Rafael Valencia; Second Marine Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Martin Pinto; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Commodore Rafael Mariano; 801st Infantry Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Wilson Leyva; Commander of the Army Reserve Command, Brig. Gen. Alexis Tamondong; Navy Internal Auditor, Commodore Virgilio Garcia; 104th Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr.; First Scout Ranger Regiment Commander, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Davalan; Army Internal Auditor, Brig. Gen. Dario Quindoza; 502nd Infantry Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen Inocencio Mayangao; Seventh Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander and concurrent Army Bids and Awards Committee Chairman, Brig. Gen Elmer Pabale; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Brig. Gen. Jose Tanjuan Jr.; Fleet Marine Ready Force Commander, Commodore Jorge Amba; AFP Command Center Chief, Brig. Gen. Angelito de Leon; 903rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala; 520th Air Base Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Domingo Palisoc Jr.; and Philippine Marine Corps Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Jose Johriel Cenabre.
Also included are five reserve officers, namely: Brig. Gen. Robert Theodore Romero,
Fifth Technical and Administrative Service (TAS) Brigade Commander; Brig. Gen. Adrien Quidlat, Third TAS Brigade Commander; Brig. Gen. Virgilio Garcia, First TAS Brigade Commander; Brig. Gen. Benjamin Espiritu, Seventh Marine Brigade (Reserve) Commander; and Commodore Enrico Juan Talon, Civil Military Affairs Brigade (Reserve) Commander.
Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, said all 37 star-rank officers will take their oath before President Aquino at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang today.