Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Economy

Duterte names Army head as new Armed Forces chief of staff

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Lt. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, the commanding general of the Philippine Army, as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces, the presidential palace said on Wednesday.

“We are confident that General Sobejana will continue to modernize our military and undertake reform initiatives to make the Armed Forces truly professional in its mandate as the protector of the people and the state,” presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque Jr. told reporters in a Viber message.

Mr. Sobejena will succeed outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, who will retire on Feb. 4.

He is the eighth military chief under the Duterte administration and will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on July 31.

Mr. Sobejana is among those who got the country’s highest military award for  courage, the Medal of Valor, an award equivalent to the congressional Medal of Honor of the US, according to the Philippine Army website.

This was after he led a 16-man team of Scout Rangers in a close-quarter encounter with more than 100 Abu Sayyaf fighters in Basilan province in the country’s south in 1995.

The President in 2019 gave him the Philippine Legion of Honor for serving the country for more than 30 years.

He will take over the helm of one of the weakest military forces in Asia, which is being criticized for its supposed inaction on the aggression of Chinese troops in the West Philippine Sea. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global plastic pollution treaty, weeks...

Economy

By Diego Gabriel C. Robles  THE WORLD BANK (WB) upgraded its growth forecast for the Philippines for this year and 2023, citing an “accommodative”...

Economy

THE PHILIPPINE auto industry’s sales recovery will likely be derailed if a measure reimposing excise taxes on pickup trucks is signed into law, according...

Economy

THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) may deliver a second off-cycle rate hike in early November when the US Federal Reserve is expected to...

Economy

THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) is planning to allocate at least $14 billion for a program aimed at easing a food crisis in the...

Investing

With the reversal of the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions happening on the 6th of November, employers across the nation have an opportunity...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Investing

The minute that any question pops into your head, you can simply ask Google. No longer do we have to pour over books and...

Investing

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...

Economy

Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.