CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, General Emmanuel T. Bautista along with 48 other newly-promoted Generals and Flag Officers from the military including the AFP’s first female Judge Advocate General took their oath today, June 10 at the Malacanañ Palace, Manila.
President and AFP Commander-in-Chief, Benigno S. Aquino III administered the oath-taking which took place at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace.
Among the high-ranking officers who joined General Bautista were three-star generals Lieutenant General Alan R. Luga, the AFP Vice Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Edgar L. Abogado, Philippine Military Academy Superintendent; Lt. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero, Commander of Western Command; Lt. Gen. Roy O. Deveraturda, Commander of Central Command; and Lt. Gen. Caesar Ronnie T. Ordoyo, Commander of Southern Luzon Command.
Joining them are Rear Admiral Jaine S. Bernardino, Major General Leo Cresente M. Ferrer, RAdm. Philip L. Cacayan, Maj. Gen. Benito Antonio T. De Leon, Maj. Gen. Danilo M. Servando, Maj. Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr., Maj. Gen. Nicanor M. Vivar, RAdm. Jesus C. Millan, RAdm. Leopoldo M. Alano, Maj. Gen. Richard C. Siga-an, Maj. Gen. CrisologoM. Nayve, Maj. Gen. Romeo L. Gapuz, and Maj. Gen. John S. Bonafos – all with two-star ranks.
Meanwhile, the AFP’s first female Judge Advocate General, Brig. Gen. Marian C. Aleido joined the ranks of the newly-promoted one-star generals and flag officers, Brigadier General Felix J. Castro Jr., Brig. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Brig. Gen. Glorioso V. Miranda, Brig. Gen. Romeo L. Labador, Commodore Nodolfo V. Tejada, Brig, Gen. William P. Turalde, Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, Brig, Gen. Confrado V. Parra Jr., Brig. Gen. Dante Q. Costes, Brig. Gen. Bobby B. Calleja, Brig. Gen. Eliseo C. Posadas, Big. Gen. Orlando E. De Leon, Commo. George F. Catameyo, Brig. Gen. Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr., Brig. Gen. Ademar T. Tomardo, Brig. Gen. Quirino S. Calonzo, Commo. Antonio A. Habulan Jr., Brig. Gen. Francisco M. Patrimonio, Brig. Gen. Wilfredo S. Bonilla, Brig. Gen. Romeo G. Gan, Brig. Gen. Mayoralgo M. Dela Cruz, Commo. Joel T. Dela Cruz, Commo. Franco Sebastian T. Pan, Commo. Ronald Joseph S. Mercado, Brig. Gen. John G. Estoesta, Brig. Gen. Oscar T. Lactao, Brig. Gen. Reynaldo R. Castillo, and Brig. Gen. Leonardo B. Guerrero.
After the oath-taking ceremony in Malacañang, the newly promoted Generals and Flag Officers were given arrival honors at the General Headquarters canopy area in Camp Aguinaldo and subsequently paid a courtesy call on the AFP Chief of Staff at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club.
The newly promoted officers and leaders of the AFP took oath to uphold the chain of command and set an example to their subordinates of the importance of maintaining a professional military organization accountable to the Filipino people that they serve.
Their promotion does not only signify the recognition of their selfless and excellent service to the military institution, but more importantly addressing the bigger challenges and expectations that they will face as they take the lead in realizing the visions of the AFP for the future.