• Armed Forces has new vice chief of staff

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    LT. Gen. John Bonafos on Friday took over as the new vice chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    Bonafos replaced Lt. Gen. Virgilio Domingo, who served as vice chief of staff in an acting capacity after Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang was named AFP chief of staff last month.

    Prior to his new assignment, he was commander of the AFP Central Command.

    Bonafos also served as chief of the Philippine Army’s elite Special Operations Command after holding the position of Commander of AFP General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command in 2013.

    He previously served in different capacities in the 3rd Army Training Group, 7th Regional Community Defense Unit, Combat Arms School (CAS), Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (Philippine Army) and Joint Task Force (National Capital Region or Metro Manila) before becoming the Battalion Commander of the 15th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, of the Army in the Visayas.

    Bonafos formerly held the position of brigade commander of the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade, 8th Infantry Division.

    As brigade commander, he was behind the declaration of Southern Leyte as an insurgent-free province.

    A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1982, Bonafos furthered his military training and specialization by taking up various military courses here and abroad.

    He topped the Scout Ranger Course and finished the Instructor Training Course and Infantry Officer Advance Course in the United States Army Infantry School.

    Bonafos also studied at the United Nations Military Observer & Staff Course in Ireland and the Defense Resource Management Course in the Naval Post-graduate School in California.

    He is a Master of Business Administration (Major in Human Resource Management) from the National College of Business and Arts.

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