Lt. Gen. Noel Clement vowed to continue the campaign against communist rebels when he assumed his post as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday.
During the change of command ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Clement also pledged to take a peaceful tack in the resolution of the country’s territorial dispute with China.
President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the ceremony. He was represented by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
The event was also attended by Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“We will remain committed to ending armed insurgency. Similarly, our focused operations will be sustained and surgically conducted for those who threaten the peace in our communities,” Clement said in his speech.
Clement, who succeeded Benjamin Madrigal Jr., is the 52nd AFP chief of staff.