OPISYAL na nanumpa ng katapatan kay Pangulo Rodrigo Roa Duterte ang bagong talagang Chief of Staff ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Carlito Galvez Jr., kasama ang 38 iba pang star-rank officers na bahagi ng customary oath taking ceremony sa Malacañang nitong Martes.
Bago isinagawa ang oath-taking, ay itinaas muna ni Pangulong Duterte ang ranggo ni Galvez mula sa pagiging Lt. General ay ginawa itong isang ganap na heneral na tanging nakalaan sa AFP Chief of Staff.
Magkatuwang na isinabit nina Presidente Duterte at Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana kasama ang pamilya ni Gen. Galvez ang ika-apat na estrelya nito sa balikat.
Kasama ng AFP Chief na nanumpa ang mga bagong three-star generals na sina Lt.Gen. Paul Atal, Commander ng Central Command; Lt.Gen. Danilo Pamonag, Commander ng Southern Luzon Command; at Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy.
Sampung bagong two-star generals na sina MGen. Restituto Padilla Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS) for Plans, J5; MGen. Fernando Trinidad, DCS for Intelligence, J2; MGen. Gilbert Gapay, Commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division; MGen. Rene Glen Paje, DCS for Civil Military Operations, J7; MGen Jesus Manangquil Jr., Commander of the 9th Infantry Division; MGen. Roseller Murillo, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division; MGen. Jose Antonio Carlos Motril, The Internal Auditor; MGen. Danilo Chad Isleta, Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army (PA); MGen. Perfect Rimando Jr., Commander of the 5th Infantry Division; at MGen. Gener Del Rosario, Inspector General, PA.
Kasama rin sa seremonya ang 15 bagong one-star generals na kinabibilangan nina BGen. Joseph Villanueva, Dean of Academics, Philippine Military Academy; BGen. Byron Calimag, Deputy Commander of the Army Support Command; BGen. Alden Juan Masagca, Assistant Division Commander, 5th Infantry Division; BGen. Oliver Artuz, Special Military Assistant to the President; BGen. Agane Adriatico, Commander of Army Artillery Regiment; BGen. Reynaldo Aquino, Deputy Commander of AFP Special Operations Command; BGen. Luis Vincent Tacderas, Chief of the AFP Pension and Gratuity Management Center; Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., Commander of the Fleet-Marine Ready Force; and BGen. Joselito Serrano, The Quartermaster General.
Mga bagong promote na Infantry Brigade (Bde) Commanders na sina BGen. Eliezer Losañes (303rd Bde), BGen. Leopoldo Imbang Jr. (503rd Bde), BGen. Henry Robinson Jr. (702nd Bde), BGen. Ernesto Torres Jr. (1003rd Bde), BGen. Roberto Ancan (1002nd Bde), at BGen. Erwin Bernard Neri (1001st Bde).
Nanumpa rin ang military reservists na sina BGen. Herbert Bautista, BGen. Jose Mier, BGen. Claro Lozada, BGen. Florante Isles, BGen. Joel Sergio, BGen. Francis Tolentino, Commodore Ramolito Guinoma, BGen. Rodilyn Manzano, at BGen. Erik Miguel Espina.
“The oath-taking ceremony is a military tradition where newly promoted generals renew their commitment to the Chain of Command enshrined in the Philippine Constitution,” ayon sa AFP Public Affairs Office. VERLIN RUIZ