THE Commission on Appointments (CA) unanimously approved the appointment of Armed Forces of the
Philippines chief of staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
Guerrero was promoted to four-star general in November, and took over the top military post on
October 26, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte signed his appointment papers.
No member of the CA objected when the CA’s committee on national defense moved to confirm
He replaced AFP chief Eduardo Año who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Guerrero is set to retire on December 17, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said that
he will recommend to the President the extension of the AFP chief’s tenure.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson however said that Guerrero’s term may be extended in case of national
“Ang sinasabi ng batas in case of national emergency pwede ma-extend ang term ng CSAFP. So I
don’t know how they will interpret the martial law situation in Mindanao, if that can qualify as a
national emergency. Kung may ganoon, pupuwede,” said Lacson.
Guerrero graduated magna cum laude of the Philippine Military Academy’s “Maharlika” Class of
1984. Prior to his appointment as AFP chief he headed the Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao.
San Juan Rep. Ronaldo B. Zamora, the CA vice chairman, proposed that the AFP chief of staff
should at least stay three years in his post.
Zamora said he will file a bill extending the tenure of the armed forces head. Four star
General Guerrero will be serving only 11 days as AFP chief as he will retire on December 17 when he
reaches 56 years old.
Guerrero was appointed by President Duterte last Nov. 7.
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 extending the term of the AFP chief will help the
government make full use of top general’s experience and knowledge especially in tactical operations
of the military.
Forty other senior officers of the AFP got the CA nod.