ARMED Forces chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero will formally step down today and pass the post to outgoing Western Mindanao command chief, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez.
AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia said President Duterte will preside over the turnover ceremony that will be held at the parade grounds of Camp Aguinaldo.
Guerrero will be honored with a testimonial parade and review and will be presented the prestigious Philippine Legion of Honor (Rank of Commander).
While serving as Eastern Mindanao Command head, the outgoing AFP chief orchestrated the execution of Community Support Programs, a key component of the military’s new operation plan, the Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan.
During Guerrero’s term as AFP chief, the concerted efforts of AFP units in the conduct of focused military and intelligence operations, alongside intensified stakeholder engagements, resulted in the “neutralization” of 6,817 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) as of April 15.
A total of 6,709 of them have surrendered, 723 of whom were regular NPAs and Sangay ng Partido sa Lokal members; 513 were Militia ng Bayan; 712 were underground organization members; and 4,761 were mass supporters.
Moreover, 47 NPAs were also killed, while 61 others were apprehended in legitimate focused military operations.
A total of 288 assorted firearms were also seized from the rebels. (pna)