ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero has expressed gratitude for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to extend his term as armed forces chief, according to AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo.
“General Guerrero is profoundly grateful to the President for the latter’s continued trust and confidence in his capability to lead the AFP,” Arevalo said.
The general will reach his age of compulsory retirement on December 17.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday announced that the President extended the service of General Guerrero until April 24, or six months since he assumed office as Chief of Staff of the AFP.
On the same day, Guerrero’s appointment as military chief was confirmed by the bicameral commission on appointments.
Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, was named AFP chief on October 25.
Arevalo explained that the extension of the AFP chief’s military service will allow him more time to implement important plans and programs of the AFP especially now that the nation is facing threats from foreign and local terrorists including the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The AFP-PAO chief added that the extension will also give General Guerrero the opportunity to fast track the upgrade of the AFP capability as it aspires to be a world class armed forces that is a source of national pride.
In line with this, Arevalo said that General Guerrero will also be given a chance to lead the AFP in its celebration of the 82nd Anniversary with the theme: “Protecting the people; securing the state,” on the third week of December.