Duterte has shortlist of next chief of military

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense (DND) have submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte a shortlist of military officials for the next AFP chief of staff, a military official disclosed on Sunday.

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The military, according to Col. Edgard Arevalo , chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, is waiting for the formal announcement from Malacanang on who will replace AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya, who will vow out of the service on December 8 as he reachs the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Arevalo refused to reveal the names of those in the shortlist.

“There is already a shortlist but I’m not in a position to divulge the names but what I heard is there is already a shortlist that is being studied by the Commander-in-Chief,” he said.

Commonly, candidates for the top military post are three-star generals who are either unified or major service commanders.

Arevalo said whoever is picked by the President to replace Visaya is qualified.

“But then again we always would like to give the President a free hand. We would like to give him ample choices of successors to chose from, or options to chose from,” he added.

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