A MAJOR revamp looms at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with the retirement this year of several officers, a military spokesman disclosed on Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the retirement of key officers of the AFP’s major services will trigger a reshuffle of positions.
He did not identify the retiring officers except for Lt. Gen. Oscar Lopez, superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Lopez is set to leave on February 17 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
“I don’t know the exact dates [of their retirement]but there will be movement, that is true. [It is] part and parcel of the retirement cycle, specific units, PMA,” Padilla said.
He added that a series of meetings were held to discuss who will be affected by the impending revamp, but the identities of the officials involved are “closely guarded.”
“Confidential matter yan ng Board of Generals kasi sila naggagawa sila ng recommendation based on their assessment of who is best to put in certain position and they will forward that [to]the Secretary of National [Defense] who in turn forwards that shortlist to the President [That’s a confidential matter for the Board of Generals because they are the ones making the recommendation who is best to put in certain positions],” Padilla explained.
The AFP official said a selection process is ongoing to choose officials who will be appointed to key posts that will be left vacant.
“Laging pinag-uusapan na yan ahead of time. Ang problema lang hindi nila ibibigay yung pangalan hanggat hindi nakakapagdesisyon ang Presidente [That is being discussed ahead of time. The problem is they will not reveal the names until the President has made his decision],”Padilla added.