CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is still to receive the shortlist of candidates for the next Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Possibly, the list of candidates might be forwarded to the Department of National Defense by next week.
According to Sec Lorenzana, the AFP Board of Generals has only met once, headed by AFP Chef of Staff Gen Eduardo Año.
Lorenzana added that they are expecting three names to be submitted by the board.
One the shortlist is turned-over to the SND, he will then submit it to the President and AFP Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Duterte for his decision.
Gen Año is set to retire from the military service on October 26, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Currently, there are four names floating as unofficial candidates for President Duterte choose to replace Gen Año, including AFP Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1985; AFP Eastern Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Leonardo Rey Guerrero, of PMA Class 1984 (based in Davao City); Lt. Gen. Melchor Mison Jr., of PMA Class 84, and Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr., of PMA Class 85. AES/ALS