CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--The Armed Forces of the Philippines' Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay presided over the donning of ranks ceremony for newly promoted Vice Admiral Erick Kagaoan and two other senior officers of the General Headquarters Friday, December 11.

VAdm Kagaoan is the current The Deputy Chief of Staff AFP and former Commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao and Naval Forces Northern Luzon.

He also served as the Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Naval Management and Fiscal Office, and Commander of seven commissioned vessels of the Philippine Navy, including the BRP Artemio Ricarte, BRP Cebu, and BRP Kalinga-Apayao.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Alex DC Luna, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, J2 was promoted to the rank of Major General while Colonel Denie Mar Clemencia, the current Chief of the AFP Finance Center, was promoted to Brigadier General.

"Sa ating mga promotees, gusto ko ulit kayong paalalahanan na sa serbisyong ito, bawat hakbang na ating tatahakin ay may kaakibat na mas malalaking responsibilidad," General Gapay said.

"Inaasahan kong ibibigay niyo ang inyong buong lakas, talino, at oras upang maglingkod tungo sa mas mapayapa at maunlad na bansa. Ipakita at patunayan natin sa mga mamamayang Pilipino kung bakit tayo karapat-dapat sa posisyon na ito," General Gapay added./// (Photos by SN2 VILUAN/PAO, AFP)