Duterte extends stint of AFP chief Guerrero

AFP chief Guerrero during a visit to troops in Marawi City on November 22

AFP chief Guerrero during a visit to troops in Marawi City on November 22

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the term of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Malacañang said Thursday, December 7.

Guerrero, who is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984 replaced Philippine Army General Eduardo Año, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 and is set to retire before December 2017.

"AFP Chief of Staff General Guerrero will reach his age of compulsory retirement on December 17, 2017, and the President has extended his service to April 24, 2018, as per Republic Act No. 8186, or six months since he assumed office as AFP Chief of Staff", the presidential spokesperson added.

He took charge of the AFP as the military wound down operations in Marawi City, which had been besieged by Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists since May, and as prospects for peace talks with communist rebels dimmed further.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzano expressed hope that Duterte would extend the term of Guerrero as the AFP chief will accomplish nothing given his original limited tenure.

"Ano naman magagawa ni General Guerrero sa two months, 'di ba (What can he do in two months)?"

Eleven days before his retirement, Guerrero was confirmed as Armed Forces chief of staff by the powerful Commission on Appointments on Wednesday.

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