Duterte to appoint retiring AFP chief to OPAPP

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2018 03:08 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will appoint retiring Armed Forces chief Carlito Galvez Jr. to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Palace said Wednesday.

Galvez earlier said he wants to be a peace consultant after he retires this month.

Galvez was chairman of the government's Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities before taking over the military's helm.

He served for 12 years in Mindanao, during which he said he visited rebel lairs where soldiers were often killed, earning these areas the tag "point of no return."

The Palace announced Galvez’s appointment to the OPAPP in the wake of the resignation of OPAPP chief Jesus Dureza.

It is not yet clear whether Galvez will take the place vacated by Dureza.

Galvez’s declaration of his desire to be appointed to the OPAPP has sparked concerns of further militarization in the bureucracy which could affect the government’s peace process with the communists.