MANILA - President Aquino has appointed Armed Forces vice chief of staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda as the successor of outgoing AFP chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri who is retiring today after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Miranda will serve only in an acting capacity until the next president appoints a new military chief.
During turnover rites at Camp Aguinaldo, Miranda said he is honored to succeed Iriberri at the helm of the country's Armed Forces.
He said the military will continue to pursue undesirable elements who disturb the balance and sow terror particularly in the southern territories of the country.
He also said the AFP will not relent in its mission to maintain peace and order during the May elections.
A Scout Ranger, paratrooper, infantry and intelligence officer with commando training in the United Kingdom and Singapore, Miranda is the former commander of the military's Northern Luzon Command based in Tarlac City before taking over as AFP vice chief of staff last month.
He previously served as the commander of the Army's 7th Infantry Division based in Nueva Ecija and commander of the General Headquarters and Headquarters Support Command or the camp commander of Camp Aguinaldo.
Miranda is a classmate of Iriberri at the Philippine Military Academy class of 1983. Detoyato said Miranda has master's degrees in National Security Administration and Business Administration.