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Another former 4th ID commander is next AFP chief

ANOTHER former commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division will serve as the next Armed Forces chief of staff.

The Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday congratulated incumbent Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) head, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, after he was named as the next Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff.

Madrigal served as head of the 4th Infantry Division based in Camp Evangelista here before he became commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

“The One Defense Team congratulates Lt. Gen. Madrigal and assures him of the Department’s full support as he takes the helm of the AFP leadership from his predecessor, Gen. Galvez,” said Department of National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.

Madrigal’s appointment as next AFP chief was approved by President Duterte this Dec. 5.

He will replace Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. who will retire from the service on Wenesday.

The former’s appointment was based on the endorsement of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the AFP chief-of-staff and the chairman of the Board of Generals (BOG).

“The rigorous selection of the CSAFP (Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines) is pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 8186, as amended by Republic Act 9188,” Andolong said.

Madrigal, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, was the most senior among the BOG recommendees and also among the most competent in terms of distinct professionalism, leadership and character.

“The DND thanks Gen. Galvez for his commendable leadership and outstanding military service that inspired professionalism, patriotism and good governance in the AFP, allowing it to reach many milestones in our efforts to achieve just and lasting peace, and promotion of human rights and respect for the rule of law,” the DND spokesperson said.

Prior to being EMC head, Madrigal also served as Southern Luzon Command chief.

Madrigal held key positions in the Army , which includes command of the 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro.

He also served as assistant division commander and later acting head of the 10th Infantry Division in Compostela Valley before becoming the PA chief-of-staff.

Madrigal will retire on Sept. 28, 2019. (PNA)

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