New AFP chief to focus on improving external, internal security

Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez is focused on improving the country’s internal and external security aside and helping law enforcement agencies in their fight against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality.

This is aside from promoting transparency, good governance, and fighting corruption in AFP ranks.

These goals were enumerated by military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin Saturday.

“Decisively end insurgency. Put an end to violent extremism. Safeguard the country’s territorial waters. Support law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality and promote transparency, good governance and fight against corruption in our ranks,” he said.

Galvez, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, replaced Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, a member of PMA Class of 1984, who was honored with a testimonial parade and review and the prestigious award of the Philippine Legion of Honor (Rank of Commander) on April 18.

Guerrero was appointed as AFP chief last Oct. 26 replacing Gen. Eduardo Año, who stepped down after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

The former was supposed to retire last Dec. 17 but his term as AFP chief was extended by another four months by President Rodrigo Duterte. PNA