CA confirms Guerrero as Armed Forces chief-of-staff

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2017 12:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2017 03:30 PM

Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo courtesy of the AFP- Eastern Mindanao Command Facebook page

The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday formally confirmed the appointment of Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as the Armed Forces Chief of Staff.

Guerrero's confirmation came swiftly with CA members noting his long years of experience in military and government service.

Guerrero's confirmation came days before his mandatory retirement on December 17.

CA House Contingent Head and San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora raised his concern about the mandatory retirement age of 56 among uniformed officials.

Fifty-six is not too old to serve considering that the US military allows their chief of staff to head the organization even up to 70, Zamora said.

The San Juan representative urged his colleagues to revisit and possibly amend the law that mandates a 56-year-old retirement policy among military and police officials.

Other lawmakers, including Senators Panfilo Lacson and Gringo Honasan, supported Zamora's observations.

Prior to becoming senators, Lacson served as police chief, while Honasan was an Army colonel.

Guerrero told reporters that his short stint as Army chief will not disrupt AFP's operations as all programs are already lined up and are being properly implemented.

Aside from Guerrero, the CA also confirmed the ad interim appointment of 40 other senior flag officers.

Among approved appointments are as follows:

- Jocely Batoon-Garcia's appointment to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.

- Dennis Yap to Switzerland

-Eduardo Jose de Vega to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Communities and the Council of the European Union.

- Demetrio Tuason to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and other Mexican countries.

The appointment of retired Justice Jose Catral Mendoza as a representative of the retired justices to the Judicial and Bar Council was also cleared by the CA.