THE search is on for a new commanding general of the Philippine Army, according to military chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.
Bautista on Monday disclosed that the senior leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now on the process of evaluating the most qualified candidates for the top Army post.
Topping the list is Maj. Gen. Pio Catapang, chief of the Northern Luzon Command.
The process starts with the Board of Senior Officers, which submits its recommendations subject to review by the Board of Generals.
The search for new Army chief is necessitated by the coming retirement of Army chief Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on February 7.
Catapang downplayed reports that he could be the next Army chief, saying that his focus is on his present assignment.
Catapang, a member of Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupic” Class of 1981, assumed his Nolcom chief on July 5, 2013. He was the former commander of the 703rd Infantry Brigade before he became chief of the 7th Infantry Division.