No order yet on Guerrero as AFP chief-of-staff

AMID the circulation of appointment reports of Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), an official said he remained to be the commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command since no directive has been relayed yet.

"As far as we are concerned, our commander is still General Rey Leonardo Guerero. Wala pang relieve order and we are waiting any order coming from the headquarters," said Major Ezra Balagtey, public information officer of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

Balagtey added that it is a welcome development if Guerrero will be appointed to the post considering his excellent background and accomplishments in public service over the years.

"We have not yet received any shortlist. But then again, Guerero naman is a competent officer. He has the quality to be the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," he said.

Guerrero's name surfaced after Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Chief General Eduardo Año was tapped by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) following the dismissal of Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno after corruption allegations.

Guerrero used to be the commander of the Task Force Davao and a Special Forces officer. He was also assigned to the Presidential Security Group under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In an interview with Año on Tuesday, May 16, he refused to confirm whether he will take an early retirement or will complete his term by October this year.

"Si Presidente na ang mag a-anounce niyan. I will follow what the President will say. If he says, until October, I will do that but if he says as early as June, I will also do that," Año said.

As the new DILG secretary, Año vowed to make significant reforms in the local government units and make sure that they are with the government's effort in combating illegal drugs, terrorism and communist extortion.

He added that he wanted to restore that image of the Philippine National Police, which has been tainted because of the controversies following the serious thrust of Duterte administration on the crackdown against illegal drugs.