DESCRIBED as one of the country’s most proficient helicopter pilots, Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina, the deputy chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has been designated as the new commander of the Philippine Air Force.
Fallorina will replace Lt. Gene. Jeffrey Delgado, who bowed out from the service as reached the mandatory retirement age of 56.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd will preside over the turnover ceremony on Wednesday at the Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, Batangas.
Delgado is supposed to retire on March 20, but the change of command was scheduled earlier in due consideration of the election ban on appointments.
“And, to our understanding, the leadership’s desire [is]not to avail of the exemption given by Comelec [Commission on Elections],” said Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman.
Padilla added Fallorina has been in the field for a long time notably when he became flight commander in the 205th Helicopter Wing at the height of internal security operations campaign in Mindanao, the Visayas and Luzon.
Fallorina bested three other contenders for the top Air Force post—Maj. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison, commander of the Air Education and Training Command; Maj. Gen. Galileo Kintanar Jr., the current Air Force Chief of Staff; and Maj. Gen. Raul del Rosario, the commander of the First Air Division in Clark in Pampanga.
“Among those four, the President made his choice and it was Lt. Gen Edgar Fallorina, the TDCS [deputy chief of staff], who was selected by the President to lead the Air Force following or immediately after the retirement of General Delgado,” Padilla said.
The choice for Fallorina’s replacement as TCDS has not yet been made, according to the spokesman.