Defense chief relieves AFP Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday has ordered the immediate relief of the intelligence chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) following the release of an erroneous list of New People’s Army (NPA) communist terrorists killed by the military.

“I am relieving Maj. Gen. Alex Luna from his post as Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence, J-2, effective today (28 Jan 2021),” Lorenzana said in a statement sent to reporters.

He added that the publication of an erroneous list of NPA rebels killed in military operations that came from Luna’s office is an unforgivable lapse.

“His negligence only shows a lackadaisical attitude towards his job resulting in confusion and damage to reputation. We do not take these offenses lightly and I want to hold the people involved accountable,” Lorenzana said.

The military earlier apologized to those who were inadvertently named in the list of students who joined the NPA and allegedly died or were captured.

The list was posted in the AFP Information Exchange Facebook account and has since been immediately taken down or deleted from its social media accounts.

“The Office of the J-7 (Civil-Military Operations) AFP is already conducting an internal investigation as to how the list got published. Personnel who are responsible will be held to account,” the AFP earlier said. PNA.GOV.PH