Lt. Gen. John S. Bonafos, of the Cebu-based Central Command, was appointed as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vice chief-of-staff during simple ceremonies Friday.
This took place at the AFP general headquarters conference room in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Bonafos replaced Lt. Gen. Virgilio O. Domingo who served in an acting capacity as AFP vice chief-of-staff after Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang’s appointment as chief-of-staff last July.
Prior this appointment, Bonafos was appointed head of the Special Operations Command.
He also served as AFP General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command head 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 the Joint Task Force, National Capital Region before becoming the Battalion Commander of the 15th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in the Visayas.
He formerly held the position as 802nd Infantry Brigade commander, 8th Infantry Division.
As brigade commander, he was responsible for the declaration of Southern Leyte as an insurgent-free province.
During his incumbency, Leyte became manageable and development ready area.
During this time, he and his troops were able to sustain the Provinces of Biliran, Bohol and Cebu as “insurgent-free” provinces from 2010 to 2012.
A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1982, Bonafos furthered his military training and specialization by taking up various military courses, both local and abroad.
He graduated as number one in the Scout Ranger Course and finished the Instructor Training Course and Infantry Officer Advance Course in the United States Army Infantry School (CONUS).
He also studied at the United Nations Military Observer & Staff Course in Ireland and the Defense Resource Management Course (DRMC) in the Naval Postgraduate School in California, USA.
He finished his Masters of Business Administration (Major in Human Resource Management) at the National College of Business & Arts and the Project Management for Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization from the Asian Institute of Management, here in the Philippines. PNA