AFP chief expects acting PMA head to make ‘difference’

MANILA Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Noel Clement expects incoming Philippine Military Academy (PMA) acting Superintendent, Rear Admiral Allan Cusi, to make a positive impact during his stint at the country's premier military school.

"The AFP Chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement orders the incoming Acting PMA Superintendent Rear Admiral Allan Cusi to make a positive difference in winning the quest to rid PMA of maltreatment and in leading the reorientation of the cadets on their views of authority and responsibility in the incipient stage of their training as future officers of the AFP," AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to reporters Monday.

Clement is also confident that Cusi will succeed given his known competence as a trainer, mentor, leader, and commander in various levels of command and staff positions, Arevalo stressed.

"Lt. Gen. Clement is aware that Rear Admiral Cusi faces a complex and daunting task of curbing, and ultimately, eliminating the malady brought by maltreatment in the soonest possible time," he added.

Arevalo also said that Cusi's former assignment at the PMA's Tactics Group, which directly deals with cadet leadership development and training, and his recent stint as head of the Philippine Navy's Naval Education, Training, and Doctrines Command will prove to be of great value to his new position.

Cusi will replace Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, who resigned as PMA Superintendent following the alleged maltreatment of Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio last September 18.

Corps of Cadet Commandant, Brig. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro also quit his post due to the incident. He was replaced by Marawi crisis veteran, Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, in acting capacity last week. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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