FROM intelligence chief to rebel hunter.

    The controversial chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), Maj. Gen. Eduardo Año, has been named as the new commanding officer of the Mindanao-based 10th Infantry Division (ID) of the Army.

    Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri on Wednesday said Año would formally assume his new post on Friday, or a day before outgoing 10th ID commander Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

    “As former chief of ISAFP, I expect him to do well. I expect him to hit the ground running, he knows the security situation on the ground,” Iriberri said.

    AFP Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said Año would bring with him a wealth of experience in running after enemies of the state in his area of responsibility, particularly in communist rebel-infested Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur provinces.

    “So we are expecting that he will deliver and defeat the enemy in his area of responsibility,” Zagala added,

    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has held Año and several other officials responsible for the 2007 abduction of peasant activist Jonas Burgos, who has since remained missing.

    Año, who was then a colonel, was among those named in a complaint filed by the Burgos family.

    But despite his pending case, he was promoted last year to brigadier general and appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as ISAFP chief.

    Early this year, Año was again promoted to the grade of major general, just four months after the Commission on Appointments confirmed his promotion to the rank of brigadier general.


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