CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (CMO), Brigadier General Benedict M Arevalo received his second star following his promotion to Major General, Thursday, July 30.

Meanwhile, the AFP Provost Marshal General, Colonel Gerry Pulohanan donned his first star as newly-promoted Brigadier General.

AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon T. Santos Jr. administered the donning of ranks ceremony held at Silid Lapu-Lapu at the General Headquarters Building in Camp Aguinaldo.

General Santos congratulated the newly-promoted generals for leading their respective offices which are equally-important in the over-all accomplishment of the AFP’s mission.

“I wouldn’t have effectively fulfilled my role as the 53rd Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines if it weren’t for competent and reliable leaders like you who made the job significantly easier for me,” General Santos said.

Major General Benedict Arevalo is currently leading initiatives to further increase the growing civilian support to the military. As the Deputy Chief of Staff for CMO, he is in charge of the AFP’s external affairs by building bridges between the military and its stakeholders.

He was previously assigned as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training at the General Headquarters and served as Commander of Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Island.

Brigadier Gerry Pulohanan on the other hand leads the Office of The Provost Marshal General in maintaining discipline and order through promulgation and enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations within the military ranks.

Among his previous assignments were as the Chief of the AFP’s Human Rights Office; Air Judge Advocate of the Philippine Air Force; Deputy Chief of the AFP Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability; and Force Legal Adviser of the United Nations.

“It doesn’t get easier from here on but may this moment serve as a reminder that all of your sacrifices are worth it, because they are acknowledged and rewarded accordingly. Most importantly, may this promotion motivate you to persevere more in the name of our service to God, country and people,” said General Santos. (Photos by SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP)