Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City — Army chief Lieutenant General Eduardo Año is now appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines following the retirement of General Ricardo Visaya upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Furthermore, Visaya and Año both attended the Philippine Military Academy under the “Matikas” Class of 1983.
It has been a tradition in the previous administrations that the next in line for the said position will only be nationally revealed during the day of the turnover.
Año led the Army’s 10th Infantry Division covering Davao region and other parts of SOCCSKSARGEN before being named as the chief of the Army last July 2015. He was the one in charge of pursuing and killing the New People’s Army commander Leoncio Pitao alias Kumander Parago, the most prominent rebel leader in Southern Mindanao.
The new AFP chief of staff, being a seasoned intelligence officer, was also the former chief of Intelligence Service of the AFP during the arrest of the leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines named, Benito and Wilma Tiamson.
On Oct. 26, 2017, Año will be reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56, giving him a service of not more than a year.