THE 25 powerful members of the Commission on Appointments insisted on the need to extend the
retirement age of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to 60 from 56 years old.
San Juan Congressman Ronaldo B. Zamora, the CA Vice-Chairman, also proposed that AFP Chief of
Staff should at least stay 3 years instead of days as what happened in the past.
Zamora said he will file a bill so that the Filipino people can make use of the expertise of
these officials. The move of Zamora was a reaction to the decision of the CA in appointing General
Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero as a four star General and AFP Chief of Staff but will be serving only for
less than a month and retire on Dec. 17 at the age of 56.
Guerrero was appointed by President Duterte last Nov. 7. Guerrero graduated magna cum laude of
PMA class 1984.
According to Congressman Rey Loyola, chairman of the CA defense committee, Guerrero’s
exemplary record speaks for itself.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that it is high time that a law will be crafted for a fixed term of
at least 3 years for AFP Chief of Staff.
Lacson said that he had already filed a bill in the last Congress for a fixed term for the AFP
Chief of Staff and heads of major services.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan for his part said this move will help the government to make use of
their experience and knowledge especially in tactical operations of the military.
Honasan added that 56 is a very young age for retirement as he agreed to 60 years old as the
ideal retirement age for the AFP Chief of Staff.
Other officials who were able to get the CA nod with flying colors include 40 other senior
officers of the AFP.
These officers include 3 lieutenant generals -- Emmanuel Salamat, Rolando Joselito Bautista
and Benjamin Madrigal Jr.