MANILA Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) head Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. as the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff.
Galvez will replace outgoing AFP Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero who will retire on April 24.
"I am happy for General Galvez. I know he will make a good CSAFP. I knew him since he was a lieutenant, (He is) very professional and competent," he said.
Lorenzana said Galvez's assignment in Mindanao is an advantage. He has been assigned in the western, central and eastern parts of the island.
"He knows the area and the people well," the DND chief said.
Galvez is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985. His appointment was announced by MalacaAang Thursday.
"I would like to take this opportunity (and) I will do my best to serve the President the best I can with honor, integrity and loyalty," Galvez said.
Aside from his Wesmincom stint, the incoming AFP chief also commanded the Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division. Galvez also served as one of the leaders in the five-month Marawi City campaign which resulted in the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS Emir in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, one of the leaders of the Maute Group terrorists.
He is also a recipient of the Military Merit Medal, Military Commendation Medal, Gold Cross Medal, Distinguished Service Star, Leadership Award and Outstanding Achievement Medal. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency