Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla (Left) receives the Office Symbol as he assumes office as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, OJ5 vacated by Maj. Gen. Guillermo Molina Jr. (middle) who will retire from the service on 05 September 2017, in a Change of Chief of Office Ceremony presided by Vice Adm. Narciso Vingson Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff AFP Thursday, 31 August 2017. (Photo by SN1 Viluan/PAOAFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson, assumes office as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, OJ5 of the AFP at the Change of Chief of Office Ceremony held at GHQ Conference Room, here last Thursday, 31 August 2017.

He took post from Maj. Gen. Guillermo Molina Jr. who will retire on 05 September 2017, after more than 35 years faithfully serving the AFP and the country.

MGen Molina also served as the Deputy Commander for Administration and Logistics of AFP Western Command, Deputy Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, A5 of the Philippine Air Force, among others. He is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1986, a well-rounded military officer and strategy formulator.

BGen Padilla, before he assumes as Chief, OJ5, was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations (CMO), J7 AFP for almost 3 years.

He is the incumbent AFP Spokesperson, serving with distinction and has been entrusted with numerous major responsibilities in Civil-Military Operations.

BGen Padilla earned his ratings as a Flight Commander of the Philippine Air Force, Test Pilot, and as an Instructor Pilot. He is a fully qualified Academic Instructor, having completed his Academic Instructor Training at the Air University in Maxwell AFP in Alabama, USA.

His various awards and numerous commendations, including three Distinguished Service Stars, two Silver Wing Medals, and combat awards qualifies him to be one of AFP’s key military leaders.

“The movements in the organizational leadership signify the progressive careers that we have in the military institution. Rest assured that the AFP is putting the right man for the job, and that we will all carry out our mandate no matter what assignment is put upon our shoulders,” said Vadm Vingson during the Ceremony.