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Aquino names Dellosa new AFP chief

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CHANGE OF COMMAND. (L-R) Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant general Jessie Dellosa, Commander in Chief President Benigno Aquino III, Retired General Eduardo Oban and his wife, Mrs. Maria Concepcion Paderon-Oban. Dellosa replaced Oban as Chief of Staff during the formal change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo Monday. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net photo

MANILA, Philippines — Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa took over as 43rd chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo Monday.

Dellosa replaced General Eduardo Oban Jr. who retired from service. Oban is to formally step down from his post December 13, his scheduled mandatory retirement.

Although sources have earlier identified Dellosa as the new military chief, President Benigno Aquino III did not officially name him as Oban’s successor until the turnover rites in Camp Aguinaldo.

In his assumption speech, he said that the AFP shall focus on four themes: Territorial defense, AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP), disaster preparedness and ongoing organizational reforms.

“Due to recent developments in the West Philippine Sea, it compels us to look into our maritime security deeply. Development of Navy and Air Force bases and facilities to efficiently respond to untoward incidents is something we can no longer ignore. With the guidance of our Department of National Defense, we shall aspire for the continuity of the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to keep phase with the Asean countries,” he said.

The military will also continue the IPSP, the AFP’s campaign plan against armed threats.

“IPSP has significantly gained momentum in its first year of implementation with the influx of rebel returnees and neutralization of many personalities worthy to mention are the efforts of our present government in addressing the roots of insurgency,” he added.

Meanwhile, he also reiterated the military’s support to Aquino’s stand for all out justice against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“We fully support our President’s stand for ‘all out justice and not all out war.’ Experience has shown us that the Mindanao crisis cannot be solved through a purely military solution because the problems in Muslim Mindanao are multi-faceted,” Dellosa said.

“Your AFP shall promote peace process as the centerpiece of our internal peace and security program,” he said.

He also stressed the military’s mandate to “not only protect the people from the lawless elements but also to help our local government units in protecting the lives and properties in times of calamities and disasters.”

He also said the AFP will review its strategic reservist program for territorial defense and against natural calamities.

Meanwhile, Dellosa’s predecessor, Oban said that there was no practice of corruption in their ranks as he stepped down from his post.

“From General Headquarters down to the lowest ranking foot soldier, we worked doubly hard on our continuing efforts to reform our organization, and remove every vestige of corruption in our ranks. And as I stepped down today, I can proudly say, that we have succeeded in re-strengthening unto ourselves, the values of honesty and integrity, the basic ingredients that make us proud members of the AFP,” he said.

“Kaya kong ipagmalaki sa ating mga kababayan, na walang magnanakaw sa ating hukbong sandatahan (I can claim to our countrymen that there are no thieves in our armed forces),” Oban said.

“Mga kasama, gusto kong ipagmalaki natin na hindi ako nagbago sa posisyon ng chief of staff, pumasok ako na Oban, at lalabas pa rin na Oban, walang baon (My fellow soldiers, let us be proud that I did not change when I took the post of chief of staff. I came in as Oban and I will leave as Oban, no farewell monetary gift),” the former military chief added.

Dellosa was born in Bacon, Sorsogon and grew up in Lucena City where he finished his elementary and secondary education. As a military officer, his other positions prior to his post as Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) commander include: Commanding General of the 2nd Infantry Division, Deputy Commander of Central Command in Visayas, Commandant of Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy.

Dellosa is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Matapat” Class of 1979. He was the commander of the NolCom prior to his appointment as chief of staff.

He was also the Group Commander of the Special Operation Task Group “Sulu” instrumental in the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Solaiman and the release of the Burnham couple in 2007.

He was also the commanding officer of the Special Reaction Unit of the Presidential Security Group during the time of President Corazon Aquino.

Originally posted at 10:56 am | Monday, December 12, 2011

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Tags: AFP , General Eduardo Oban Jr. , Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa , Military

  • Anonymous

    my kudos
    may your appointment be the start of the new dawn of our Armed Forces
    a true soldier
    protector of the land and the people

    • mmm choco


  • Anonymous

    Pnoy is a good president with a lousy Supreme Court.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXU2XGAHFDYLAQULE3TMTR6SWU Brando

      He wants a Supreme Court that toes all his lines even it is against the constitution and the rule of law. “Pnoy is a good president with a lousy Supreme Court”  Your statement shows that you want the SC to be under the President.     

    • mmm choco

      balik pare -Pnoy is lousy president and has good constitutionally abiding SC..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPAWMHN4XU2YQWYJ3Z73IGNECA Sierra

         ”good constitutionally abiding SC” ???

        With a Chief Justice who was a midnight appointee and who voted in favor of the “constitutionality” of his appointment by Arroyo?

        Get real.

  • Anonymous

    Another millionaire in the making.

  • crab2008

    sure na ang 5 million a month ni dellosa..wow..may pasalubong ba?

  • Anonymous

    merry christmas po!

  • Anonymous

    another Pnoy move to be a Dictator! choice ko ito dahil kaibigan ng Mommy ko. kawawa ka Bayan!

  • Anonymous

    Gen. Dellosa, ipaglaban ninyo ang Constitutional Republic !!!!!!!


  • Anonymous

    congrats general
    sana naman gen dellosa
    mapalawak pa ang defense ties natin
    sa mga ibang bansa at
    mabawasan ng inpluwensya ng u.s. military
    sa armed forces natin

    sundan natin ang adhikain nila
    bonifacio ricarte jacinto atbp at
    hindi ang iniwan ni mcarthur

  • Anonymous

    ngayon naman kaibigan ng mommy ko! …hahaha!
    mga qualifications mo sa mga taong iniuupo mo palyado.. unggoy ka pnoy!

  • Anonymous

    sya nga pala general… un pasalubong ha.. tas pag alis mo..un pabaon naman.. hehehe

  • mmm choco

    Abnoy will think.. ahh..with this guy on my pocket there will be NO coup on my watch…ehhehe Abnoy..just wait..

    • Anonymous

      stupid moron…who in the military will think about staging a coup against a popular president, unless you are an abnoy too.

  • Anonymous

    Iyan ang gusto ko sa manunungkulan sa military, malayo pa sa retirement. hindi kagaya ng iba diyan na magreretire after 6 month. Ano ang magagwa nun sa 6 mo? Kaya si Dellosa ay magkakaroon ng maraming accomplishment dahil malayo pa ang kanyang retirement. He will be a good officer in military!

  • Anonymous

    as far as I know…Gen. Oban has been very effective on his 9-month as AFP Chief of Staff.  He is not associated with PNoy or Cory before his appointment last March.  I was hoping that the president will extend Gen. Oban’s term since 9 months is not enough,…… but, as everybody knows, mama’s boy PNoy loves to appoint somebody associated with his mom’s administration.  I am not saying that Dellosa is bad but, why change while somebody is doing a great job after surviving his “baptism by fire” due to AFP’s scandals?

    • Anonymous

      I hailed from his hometown and the Dellosa clan is publicly known by the people as decent, with integrity, low profiled, religious, close knit family, intelligent, dignified and they are a clan of beautiful lineage. His uncle, a first cousin of his father became a mayor of our town for many years but never been involved in any corruption. His uncle assumed the mayorship of the town as a poor and relinquished his post and remained to be poor. 

      The integrity of their family has never been tarnished by any member of the clan until this time and we as his townmates will personally vouch for his integrity and his capability to handle the position of AFP chief.

      The chief executive has the discretion to choose the people he will trust to lead his cabinet and for sure if one has that privileged, one has the option to select whom he knew from the very start. 

    • Anonymous

      That is not possible unless as this will affect /delay promotions of those who are below him..I have not seen one chief of staff  after Marcos time. No one has stayed 1 second after reaching the age of 56 years old from Cory, Ramos, Erap, GMA to  Pnoy. Congress has to pass a law fixing the tenure of Chief of Staff to 3 years or longer then, Generals and Colonels will not complain why there promotions are being held since there is a law on CS tenure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Of course, he is now consolidating his grip on power, he knows by shaking the supreme court in which might cause a political backlash, a trusted AFP will keep him glued to his seat while our country enters a bumpy future, the promise of economic progress in the 8% range to uplift the masses can then be kissed goodbye!

  • Anonymous

    i don’t know why those who are against pnoy sees him as lousy/abnoy becase he has no economic agenda to speak of unlike former pgma (lots of economic-pickpocketing activities). la na easy money activities under aquino administration. let’s face the hardship today, by tomorrow, we will reap the reward altogether.

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