DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presumptive President-elect, is considering appointing Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya to head the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In an interview in Davao City on Sunday night, Duterte called Visaya a “vibrant general.”
“I’m considering General Visaya to be the chief of staff,” Duterte told reporters. “He is a vibrant general.”
Visaya is currently the chief of the Southern Luzon Command and was a top contender for the top AFP post last year.
Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda currently heads the AFP as acting chief of staff.
Miranda and Visaya were classmates at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), belonging to Class 1983.
Miranda has been acting AFP chief since April 22 upon the retirement of Gen. Hernando Irriberi.
Meanwhile, Duterte announced that the next head of Philippine National Police (PNP) would be among the three former Davao City police chiefs.
The candidates are Chief Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, brigade commander of the Reactionary Standby Support Force who was relieved from his post after declaring his support for Duterte on Facebook; Chief Superintendent Ramon Apolinario, Mimaropa police officer-in-charge; and Sr. Supt. Rene Aspera, chief of staff of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group.
Duterte said since the three were all qualified to be the next PNP chief, he had told them to work it out among themselves.
The incumbent PNP chief Ricardo Marquez is up for retirement by August. CATHERINE S. VALENTE