Duterte extends Guerrero’s term as AFP chief

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the term of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero until April next year, MalacaAang announced Thursday.

AFP Chief of Staff General Guerrero will reach his age of compulsory retirement on December 17, 2017, and the President has extended his service to April 24, 2018, as per Republic Act No. 8186, or six months since he assumed office as AFP Chief of Staff, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, signed the extension of service on Wednesday.

Guerrero took his oath of office also on December 6, the same day his appointment as AFP chief was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.

Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, assumed leadership of the 130,000-strong Armed Forces after Gen. Eduardo AAo retired from service on October 25.

Prior to being named AFP chief, Guerrero was the commanding officer of the AFP's Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) that is based in Davao City.

Source: Philippine News Agency