CA approves ad interim appointments of 46 AFP officials

CA approves ad interim appointments of 46 AFP officials

/ 02:21 PM March 06, 2024

46 AFP officials - 06march2024

Forty-six generals and senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines secure approval of their ad interim appointments on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. | Noy Morcoso/

MANILA, Philippines — The powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) approved on Wednesday the ad interim appointments of 46 generals and senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

No member of the congressional body objected against the designation of the following AFP officials:


To the rank of Brigadier General

  • Joselito Lopena
  • Thad Rufino Candelario
  • Emilio Pajarillo
  • Gleen Albert Laguardia
  • Alvin Hate
  • Loreto Pasamonte
  • Daniel Tansip
  • Antonio John Divinagracia
  • Ronaldo Juan
  • Jose Ricky Laniog
  • Febie Lamerez
  • Arsenio Sadural
  • Ramon Antonio Bello
  • Mario Jacinto
  • Jose Vladimir Cagara

To the rank of Major General

  • Leodevic Guinid
  • Edmundo Peralta
  • Ramon Zagala
  • Allan Hambala
  • Jesus Nelson Morales

To the rank of Captain, Philippine Navy 

  • Ariel Nicomedes Torres

To the rank of Commodore 

  • Salvador Lavapie Jr.
  • Brendo Casaclang
  • Richard Gonzaga
  • Jerry Garrido Jr.

To the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army

  • Roger Mercado (Reserve)
  • Elmer Nicolas (Reserve)
  • Rogelio Padre Sr. (Reserve)
  • Elba Cruz (Reserve)
  • Van Kristoffer Sumbeling
  • Rosa Ma. Cristina Manuel
  • Rafael Jason Talipan
  • Roy Philip Soriano
  • Angel De Los Santos
  • Nathaniel Balintong
  • Ervin Divinagracia
  • Roderick Salayo

To the rank of Colonel, Dental Service

  • Roy Abad
  • Eleodoro Dalaguit Jr.
  • Edgard Pacis
  • Roger Ramos

To the rank of Colonel, Medical Corps


Darwin Farnacio
Raul Sasuca
Marisa Narag
Cynthia Liao
William Recuenco

Prior approval, the designation of the aforementioned AFP officials was debated upon by the CA committee on national defense.

Ranulfo Sevilla’s appointment to the rank of Brigadier General was initially included in the agenda, but was rescheduled to another date.

The powerful congressional body said on September 20, 2023, a sworn opposition against the appointment of Sevilla was filed by Mrs. Tessa Luz Aura Reyes-Sevilla. Sevilla filed his answer to the opposition on September 28, 2023 and the opposter filed her reply on January 24, 2024.

With this, Senator Risa Hontiveros, through a letter received by the CA Secretariat on Wednesday, requested that she be allowed to profound questions to Sevilla and to participate in the examination relating to the opposition filed on his ad interim appointment.

However, due to prior commitment, Senator Hontiveros was unable to attend CA’s Wednesday hearing.

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With this, Hontiveros requested for the “suspension of consideration on the ad interim appointment of Sevilla and for the same to be taken up during the next committee hearing.

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