PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has extended to another four months the term of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.
“This is to announce that the Executive Secretary, by authority of the President, has signed yesterday, Dec. 6, the extension of the service of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr., said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr. Guerrero is due to retire on Dec. 17, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Mr. Roque said the AFP Chief will stay in his post until April 24, 2018.
On Wednesday, eleven days before his scheduled retirement, the Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed the appointment of Mr. Guerrero, succeeded General Eduardo M. Año on Oct. 26.
Mr. Guerrero is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Maharlika Class of 1984. Prior to his current position as AFP chief, he headed the Eastern Mindanao Command, tasked to oversee Davao region, Caraga, and parts of Soccsksargen. — Rosemarie A. Zamora