President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday appointed outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as head of the Marina Industry Authority (MARINA).
Duterte announced Guerrero’s appointment during his speech at the AFP Change of Command ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday.
“You sir, that (MARINA) is vacant for a long time now. You know I had to extend your services because of what was ongoing war in Mindanao, specifically in Marawi. So the director of MARINA, the chair is occupied by ghost. It’s about time that report to that office by next week perhaps,” Duterte told Guerrero.
The President fired former MARINA administrator Marcial Amaro III early of January this year over excessive travels.
Duterte commended Guerrero’s exemplary leadership that led to the successful facilitation of the clearing and reconstruction efforts in war-torn Marawi City.
He said the military was also able to prevent the resurgence of any terrorist threat “that could have escalated to another conflict and hampered the city’s progress” under Guerrero’s leadership.
The Commander-in-Chief also noted “unparalleled” increase of number of communist and terrorist surrenderees from less than 800 to more than 5,000 during Guerrero’s tour of duty.
“These achievements have not come without cost, but let me assure our uniformed personnel, all of you, that the government remains committed in enhancing your capabilities, promoting your welfare and looking after the needs of the fallen and the injured and their families,” Duterte said.
“Within his six months as AFP Chief, General Guerrero has competently and effectively continued the tradition of dedication and hard work by those who came before him and left a legacy of his own for future leaders to follow. His efforts have strengthened the foundations of not only a stronger and better military, but also of a safer and more secure Philippines,” he added.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. took over as new chief of staff of the AFP, vowing to carry out his task to the best of his ability to end all kinds of conflicts and achieve long lasting peace throughout the country.PNA