MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III presided over the mass oath-taking of newly promoted generals and flag officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a ceremony in Malacanang on Tuesday.
The Chief Executive was joined by AFP Chief General Emmanuel Bautista and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Honorio Azcueta when he swore in the military officers at the Rizal Hall in Malacanang Palace.
Leading the roster of the newly-promoted officers were Army Chief Hernando Iriberri, Air Force Chief Jeffrey Delgado, and Central Command Commanding General John Bonafos, all promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Also inducted into office were Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, Rear Admiral Alexander Lopez, Rear Admiral Romeo Santiago Nebres, Commodore Enrico Juan Talon, Commodore Jorge Amba, Commodore Virgilio Garcia, Commodore Rafael Mariano, and Rear Admiral Antonio Habulan, Jr.
Promoted to the rank of Major General were Virgilio Hernandez, Felicito Virgilio Trinidad, Jr., Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Silvino Alcabasa, Jr., Lysander Suerte, Oscar Lactao, Remigio Valdez, and Emeraldo Magnaye.
Promoted to the rank of Brigadier General were Rafael Valencia, Martin Pinto, Wilson Leyva, Alexis Tamondong, Carlito Galvez, Jr., Eduardo Davalan, Dario Quindoza, Inocencio Mayangao, Elmer Pabale, Jose Tanjuan, Jr., Angelito de Leon, Joselito Kakilala, Domingo Palisoc, Jr., Jose Johriel Cenabre, Robert Theodore Romero, Adrien Quidlat, Virgilio Garcia, and Benjamin Espiritu.
Following the ceremony, the generals and flag officers, along with their respective families, had a photo opportunity with President Aquino. (MNS)