MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff.
In a letter dated Oct. 25 addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Duterte designated Guerrero as the new military chief in place of outgoing Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.
Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, will hold the position for only around 2 months as he is set to retire in December.
Prior to his appointment, Guerrero was the commanding general of the Eastern Mindanao Command, which covers Davao City.
Prior to Año's appointment last year, rumors swirled that the President would choose Guerrero, perceived to be his close friend.
In December, Duterte explained that his decision to pick Año as military chief was based on the seniority rule.
Año is a year ahead of Guerrero. He began his military service on March 11, 1983.