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5 generals shortlisted for top Army position

The Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday disclosed that five military generals were recommended by the Board of Generals to President Duterte to be the next commanding general of the more than 90,000-strong Philippine Army.

Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto, Army commanding general, is set to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 for the military on Dec. 6.

Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, said no announcement yet has been made on who will be the successor of Alberto.

“But the Board of Generals has forwarded a short list to the Commander-in-Chief through the Secretary of National Defense,” Arevalo said.

Included in the list were three three-star generals or lieutenant general or vice admiral and two two-star generals or major general or rear admiral.

Arevalo refused to name the generals included in the shortlist.

However, he said that all of them “possess the attributes of integrity, comptence, experience, command, and managerial expertise” to command the soldiers tasked to protect the people and secure the land. (Martin A. Sadongdong)

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