Changing of the
guards in the AFP
Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. announced today the approval by President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the appointment of six (6) senior military
officers to key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, upon the
recommendation of the AFP Board of the Generals and the Secretary of National
appointment came with the impending retirement of AFP Chief of Staff Gen
Hermogenes C Esperon, Jr. on May 12 and assumption of LtGen Alexander B Yano
as incoming AFP Chief of Staff.
newly appointed military officers is LtGen
Cardozo M Luna who is appointed as incoming AFP Vice Chief of Staff to
replace LtGen Antonio L Romero II who is set to go on vacation leave
effective May 8 before his mandatory retirement on June 25, 2008. LtGen Luna
is currently the Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCON).
Among the significant positions he served are: Assistant Chief of Staff for
Civil Military Operations (G7) of the Phil. Army; Chief of the Defense
Intelligence and Security Group; Brigade Commander covering Cotabato;
Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine
Army; and Commander of Central Command of the Visayas.
LtGen Rodolfo F. Maclang is
appointed as incoming The Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP, vice LtGen Pedro Ike
Inserto. LtGen Maclang is currently the Commander of Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM)
He served as Commander of the 58th Infantry Battalion; Chief of
the AFP Joint Operations Center; Commander of the erstwhile Light Armor
Brigade and now Light Armor Division; Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
(J2), AFP; and Commanding General of 8th Infantry Division and 5th
Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
LtGen Victor S. Ibrado will replace
LtGen Alexander B. Yano as Commanding General, Philippine Army. LtGen Ibrado
currently serves as the Commander of Central Command (CENTCOM). He served as
Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan,
Capiz; Brigade Commander in the Visayas; and Head of the Special Operations
Command that is responsible for the readiness and sustainment of the Rangers,
the Special Forces and the counter-terrorist Light Reaction Battalion.
LtGen Pedro Ike I. Inserto will
be the Commander of the Central Command (CENTCOM) vice LtGen. Victor S.
Ibrado. LtGen Inserto is currently The Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFP.
Among the significant positions he served are: Senior Military Assistant to
the Secretary of National Defense; Wing Commander of the 205th
Tactical Helicopter Wing; Commander of Tactical Operations Command, PAF; and
Commander of Air Education Training Command.
MGen Armando L. Cunanan is
appointed as the incoming Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM)
replacing LtGen. Cardozo Luna. MGen Cunanan is currently the Commanding
General of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army. He served
as Commanding Officer of 25th Infantry Battalion; Commander of
Army’s Civil Affairs Group; Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel (G1),
Philippine Army; and Commanding General 403rd Brigade, Philippine
MGen Isagani C. Cachuela will
serve as the Commander of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) vice LtGen
Rodolfo F. Maclang. MGen Cachuela is currently the Commanding General of the
Light Armor Division, Philippine Army. He served as Commanding Officer of 61st
Infantry Battalion; Commandant of Cadets, Philippine Military Academy;
Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel (G1) and for Operations (G3) of
Philippine Army. He was also the Commanding Officer of Army’s 602nd