CA gives nod to AFP chief

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THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the interim appointment of Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as Armed Forces chief of staff.

The panel also approved the promotion of 38 senior military officials.

It likewise confirmed the appointment of Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia as Ambassador to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden; Dennis Yap Lepatan as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Eduardo Jose de Vega as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the Commission of the European Communities, and the Council of the European Union; and Demetrio Tuason as Ambassador to the United Mexican States, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

The CA also confirmed the appointment of retired Justice Jose Mendoza to the Judicial Bar Council (JBC).
Rep. Roy Loyola, chairman of the CA’s Committee on National Defense, endorsed the confirmation of Guerrero as the 49th chief of the AFP. Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Class (PMA) of 1984, will retire in two weeks.


Guerrero served as the commander of the Easter Mindanao Command.

“He had proven to be a seasoned field commander, initially serving as commander of Task Force Davao from 2010 to 2012,” Loyola said.

On Garcia’s appointment, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the CA’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in 2015, no less than the Royal Kingdom of Thailand conferred on the ambassador the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, a recognition for the dedicated service of high achievers and government leaders.

“She has been highly credited for her efforts in strengthening the political, cultural and economic relations of the Philippines with other countries,” he said.

“Among the many meritorious dossiers of Ambassador Lepatan, the most distinct is his service reputation on account of his integrity and unblemished service record in his 36 long years in the Department (of Foreign Affairs),” Lacson said.

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