Duterte has picked next armed forces chief: Army head Gapay
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has named Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay as the next chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday (Jul 29) shared with reporters the appointment papers signed by Duterte.
Gapay will replace retiring Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., who is stepping down from service as he reaches the compulsory retirement age of 56 on Aug. 4.
The incoming AFP chief will have a tenure of at least six months. His mandatory retirement date will fall on Feb. 4, 2021.
Gapay, like Santos, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986. He finished on top of his class.
Gapay was former commander of the Southern Luzon Command, commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division and deputy commander of Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao City, the hometown of Duterte.