4th star for new Armed Forces chief of staff

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Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Wednesday received his fourth star, two weeks after he formally assumed the post from his predecessor, retired Gen. Jessie Dellosa.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin presided over Bautista’s donning of ranks held at the Department of National Defense.

“I am very honored and challenged to do my best in the performance of my duties and responsibilities as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This is my commitment to the Armed Forces and the Filipino people,” Bautista said.

Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’81, assumed his post last Jan. 17 in turnover ceremonies led by President Aquino as the Commander in Chief.

Bautista is largely credited for crafting the military’s counterinsurgency strategy called Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, which has become a de facto National Security Strategy of the Aquino administration.

Bautista defended the IPSP Bayanihan from claims of militant groups that it was no different from Oplan Bantay Laya, the counterinsurgency campaign of the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Open to public

“This is the only military campaign plan that is open to the public… It is the people that will judge us, not them (militants). Let us ask our countrymen if they have not seen any changes in the military,” Bautista said.

Also on Wednesday, Gazmin appointed Col. Hermenegildo Aquino as his new senior military assistant, replacing Brig. Gen. Hernando Iriberri, who has been appointed commander of the Army’s 503rd Brigade in Abra province.

Gazmin also said that retired Maj. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario is currently an “understudy” of outgoing Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos.

“He (Del Rosario) is one of the candidates to take over Usec Ramos. The approval of his designation has not been put into place. Even if it goes beyond Feb. 1, if the President has not signed (the appointment papers), then (Ramos) will not leave yet. As soldiers would say, ‘I will quit my post only when properly relieved.’ (Ramos) will be properly relieved when the orders are signed,” Gazmin said.

‘Media darling’

Ramos, regarded as one of the most hardworking defense officials and a “media darling,” has resigned from the OCD and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) effective Feb. 1 to take care of his ailing wife. Reports from Nikko Dizon, PDI and Frances Mangosing, INQUIRER.net

Originally posted: 1:17 pm | Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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  • PlumberfromCanada

    hindi lumusot si dela Cruz, despite sa endorsement ni Honrado at mga adopted members ng PMA Class niya ( Aquino sisters )…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJW3LXJGTGMGFSLHSU2W5BZGBM Benjamin Brillantes

      class 79 at 80 pma o direct com…sasaludo sa boy scout class 81

  • $18209031

    Congrats kayo sir. Lahat ng awards sa inyo na lang sir. ANg galing mo kasi. Pls with all your awards, we know you will lead clean and honest AFP in your term. Use wisdom and good judgment leading the AFP .

    • PlumberfromCanada

      siguro sinama ka sa Ofc of the CS?? dati sa Ofc of CG,PA ka din?? bitbit ka yata ni bote e???

  • kontra_boohaya

    parang mani na lamang ang bituin.  revolving door naman kasi ang mga posisyon na yan.  SAMANTALA…..mga bata nyo sa bundok o sa bukid ay mag reretiro na ay sarhento pa lamang gusot at butas butas pa ang uniporme, botas at kagamitan.  sana palakasin at patibayin ninyo ang nco corps dahil sila ang nagpapatakbo ng militar!

  • dmsanders

    sana maging compensated ang iyong 4th star. magkano ang pabaon sa umalis at magkano ang pasalubong sa dumating??? just asking

  • Albert Einstien

    CONGRATS general…dapat 5 star..yun 1 star ibigay sa father nya…UMPISAHAN nyo na po ang honest to goodness ….. house cleaning…..top to bottom ….: > )

  • citizenH

    Hoooray.!!!!!….go after the Chinese invaders now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    you command a bunch of boy scouts.

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo…

    sana parehas lang ang mga “pabaon/bonus” para walang lamangan, di ba?

  • batangsulpok

    Every time na may bagong Chief of Staff, may bagong commitment na sinasabi pero pagkatapos ng term, may pinagbago ba, WALA?  

  • viki chan

    kung napansin nyo IPSP counter-insurgency  lang ang palaging  linya ni gen bautista at walang nabanggit na anticorruption drive in the Afp

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

    Chief congratulations!

    Now, what is your assesment on the country`s external defense? How can we fight a scenario of invasion, do you have a clear plan, and ready to implement and rehearse those plans? What about the supplies and equipments needed to get those plans a success? What about self-sufficiency of our industrial military complexes? Chief, you should be able to be pro-active and solve these problems.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Congratulations!

    Please focus on external threats now. Leave the NPA to rot or finish them off. The MILF should not be granted the so called Bangsamoro. 

    These factors only threaten to challenge the sovereignty of the PHL republic. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ket-Mukaram-Ismael/100000133905901 Ket Mukaram Ismael

      Mr. or Miss Bright…………….your name did not fit on your attitude…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

        please study English before replying… 

  • magiting78

    Chief sana pa abolish mo na ang Pabaon s AFP…pagnagawa mo yan 2 paa at kamay ko sasaludo ko sau….wag nyo n problemahin pano ko gagawin yun basta tanggalin nyo lang pabaon at paki pulbos n rin mga CPP-NPA sama mo n rin c Ka Ted Cashino…lolz

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    yung pensyon ng yumaong kong tatay at ng iba pang mga retirado, sana i-release na ng Veterans Bank – kasi sa kasalukuyan ibinubulsa ito ng mga opisyales ng AFP … kawawang mga retirado…kung anu-anong rekotitos ang hinihingi ng mga bungol!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    sana huwag mong tularan yung tatay mo kung saan pumayag siyang pumunta sa kampo ng kalaban kasama ang kanyang mga alalay na walang mga armas –

  • kismaytami

    Ihanda ang pasalubong!

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