MANILA - The Commission on Appointments approved Wednesday the ad interim appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Benjamin Madrigal Jr.
Madrigal, who formerly headed the military's Eastern Mindanao Command, replaced Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., who retired in December last year.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Madrigal said there was an attempt to sow “religious conflict” in the southern Philippines as shown by recent bombings of a church and mosque in Mindanao.
Twin blasts at a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu left 21 dead and at least 100 hurt on Sunday. Past 12 a.m. Wednesday, a grenade lobbed inside a mosque in Zamboanga City left 2 dead and 4 wounded. Many of the victims were Muslim preachers who were asleep.
“These are some sectors who want to put a religious undertone to what happened and we’d like our constituents, our people, to be sober and to be more vigilant," he said.
Apart from Madrigal, the CA also confirmed the promotion of Brig. Gen. Virgilio Bartolome, Philippine Ambassadors Leah Basinang-Ruiz (Poland), Alex Chua (Kenya), Ma. Theresa De Vega (Germany), Leo Lim (Denmark), and Raul Hernandez (Turkey), Jesus Domingo as Chief of Mission in the Cook Islands concurrent with his role as envoy to New Zealand, and Henry Bensurto Jr. as Chief of Mission Class I.