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New commanding officers in key military commands well qualified – AFP chief

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, confers the Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star and Gold Cross Medal to the awardees during the Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony at the GHQ Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (November 04, 2013). The Commander-in-Chief honors the men in uniform who gallantly fought to rescue civilian hostages from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction during the three-week Zambonga City siege last September. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, confers the Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star and Gold Cross Medal to the awardees during the Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony at the GHQ Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (November 04, 2013). The Commander-in-Chief honors the men in uniform who gallantly fought to rescue civilian hostages from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction during the three-week Zambonga City siege last September. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said on Monday the three ranking officials who will take over the key commands of the AFP are well qualified for the job.

He was referring, among others, to incumbent Western Command chief Marine Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero who will be taking over the command of the Western Mindanao Command upon the retirement of Army Lt. Gen. Rey Ardo on Nov. 9.

Guerrero is a member of the Philippine Military Class of 1981.

The Western Mindanao Command covers Central Mindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi while the Western Command is concerned with Palawan and the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Replacing Guerrero at the Western Command is Philippine Air Force Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, the present head of the Central Command which is based in Cebu City.

Turnover ceremonies for the Western Command is on Nov. 8.

Replacing Deveraturda at the Central Command is Maj. Gen. John S. Bonafos who currently heads the Nueva Ecija-based Special Operations Command.

“All three officers are qualified for the job at hand,” the AFP chief stressed. (MNS)

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