RETIRED General Delfin Bangit, the former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) died of colon-cancer late Friday afternoon at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, officials said on Saturday.
Lt. Colonel Ramon Zagala, AFP Public Information chief, confirmed in a phone interview the passing away of General Bangit, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 1978.
The military official said that the entire AFP is mourning for the passing of Bangit, the last military chief of staff appointed by former president and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the 2nd district of Pampanga province.
Zagala said that Philippine Flag in all military camps all over the country were already in half-mast as sign of mourning for their departed former chief.
Bangit, known to be one of most trusted generals of Arroyo, headed the elite Presidential Security Group (PSG), the Intelligence Service of AFP (ISAFP) and the Philippine Army (PA) before being appointed as military chief in March 2010.
On June 2010, Bangit has decided to quit his post and opted for an early retirement from the military after then president elect, Benigno Aquino 3rd have made it known in public that he doesn’t want him to be his chief of staff.
Aside from Bangit, several other members of the PMA Class 78 have been sidelined by the Aquino administration for possible appointment in the top positions in the AFP and even in the Philippine National Police (PNP). Anthony Vargas