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New AFP chief 'humbled' by appointment

Posted at | Updated as of 01/16/13 8:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Incoming Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista is “humbled” by his appointment.

In a statement, the son of a decorated soldier who died fighting rebels said: “I can only repay this trust and confidence by devoting the remaining days of my career in the service to our people and the performance of the AFP's mandate.”

Bautista’s appointment was announced Tuesday. News of his appointment has been circulating as early as last year, however.

Bautista has been called a “man of peace,” with his mantra the same as the battlecry of the government. The government earlier signed a framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“I had to complete the legacy of my father…He gave up his life to pursue the agenda for peace…I remember him saying, we’re all Filipino brothers. We don’t have to kill each other,” Bautista said when he was appointed Army chief in 2011.

Bautista is married to Bernardita Pardo, daughter of former Supreme Court Justice Bernardo Pardo. They have one son.

Lt Gen Bautista held significant and major positions in the AFP. Before assuming as 3rd ID Commander, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), wherein he assisted the Chief of Staff, AFP in formulating plans and policies on all matters pertaining to operations and organization.

As J3, he led the formulation of the new Internal Peace and Security Plan, “Bayanihan”. The plan involves innovative approaches and paradigm shifts and is now the blueprint of the AFP in winning the peace.