• President promotes 24 military officers


    Gen. Hernando Iriberri, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, on Monday donned new rank badges to seven of the 24 ranking military officers whose promotions were recently approved by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    Among those who donned their new ranks were Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., AFP spokesman and  assistant deputy chief of staff for civil military operations; Brig. Gen. Gerry Amante, commander of the AFP Munitions Control Center; Brig. Gen.  Nelia Valmonte,  AFP chief nurse; Brig. Gen. Gener del Rosario, commander of the AFP Command Center; Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda, commander of the AFP Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom); Maj. Gen Arnold Rafael Depakakibo, AFP chief engineer; and Maj. Gen. Job Yucoco, AFP deputy chief of staff for logistics, J4.

    Also promoted to brigadier generals were Robert Arevalo, commander of headquarters and support group of the Philippine Army; Elvin Velasco, commander, 3rd Marine Brigade; Dinoh Dolina, assistant division commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division; Arnel dela Vega, assistant division commander, 6th Infantry Division; Francisco Gabudao Jr., commander of the Naval Construction Brigade; Danilo  Rodelas, deputy commander, Naval Doctrine Center; Melquiades Feliciano, assistant division commander, 5th Infantry Division; Rodel Mauro Alarcon, assistant division commander, 2nd Infantry Division; Werner lpedes, commander, 600 Air Base Wing; David Diciano commander, 702 Infantry Brigade; Allan Martin, commander, 302 Infantry Brigade; and Jose Cabanban, commander, 2nd Marine Brigade.

    Other officers promoted to two-star ranks were Maj. Gen. Benjamin Madriga, Army chief of staff;  and Rear Admirals Bayani Gaerlan, chief of naval staff, Rafael  Mariano, commander, Naval Sea System Command and Jorge Amba, commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

    Mayoralgo de la Cruz, commander of the AFP Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), was promoted to lieutenant general.



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    1. pakialamero ako on

      These newly promoted high ranking military officers should review the Philippine Military Doctrine to see if it needed revisions, changes, or addendums. Might as well include to review the military justice system and make improvement if needed be. What I am saying here is that, military missions and politicians can never be a good combination. The success and failures of any military missions is the sole responsibility of the highest ranking military officer on the ground, period!!

      There were many successful military operations that the commander-in-Chief did not get credit nor mentioned to the public. My dear friends, only in the Philippines!! Congratulations to the newly promoter military officers and we will pray for your safe and success when performing military missions, whatever and wherever it may be.

    2. Frank A. Tucker on

      When an outgoing President starts promoting Colonels to General and promoting the existing Generals to higher rank to make them all happy and curry their favor — be careful, be VERY CAREFUL ! Keep your bolos SHARP and your powder DRY !