Thursday, December 01, 2011

Retiring AFP chief submits list of possible successor to PNoy

Two weeks before his retirement, Retiring Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Oban has already submitted a list of his possible successor to President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview with reporters Tuesday, Oban said he has submitted the names of all three-star generals of the Armed Forces, almost all of them members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1978 and 1979.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979, Oban is due to end his tour of duty on December 13 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56. He took over the top AFP post from General Ricardo David in March.

David has since been named Immigration commissioner.

“I forwarded all three-star generals….All three-star generals, from the vice (chief), the TDCS (The Deputy chief of Sttaff,t he service commanders (Army, Navy, Air Force chiefs), and then area commanders,” Oban told reporters in an ambush interview.

Included in the list are:
  • Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, AFP vice chief of staff (PMA 1978)
  • Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, the deputy chief of staff (PMA 1979)
  • Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena, Air Force chief (PMA 1978)
  • Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, Navy chief (PMA 1979)
  • Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali, AFP Southern Luzon Command chief (PMA 1978)
  • Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, AFP Western Command chief (PMA 1978)
  • Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, AFP Northern Luzon Command chief (PMA 1979)
  • Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, AFP Central Command chief (PMA 1978)
  • Lt. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command chief (PMA 1978)
  • Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, AFP Western Mindanaco Command chief (PMA 1977).
Ferrer is due to retire in January.

The current Army chief, Emmanuel Baustista, still carries the rank of major general (two-star). Bautista comes from PMA Class 1981.

Strongest contender?

A number of military sources said Dellosa will most likely be chosen due to his previous stint in the Presidential Security Group during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino, Noynoy's mother.

GMA News Online, however, could not independently confirm from official sources Dellosa's supposed advantage over the other contenders.

“Some of them were with me (in the selection of AFP chief early this year),” Oban said, referring to Dellosa and Bautista.

Both Dellosa and Bautista were interviewed then by President Aquino when David was about to retire.

On Dellosa being a 'strong' contender, Oban quipped: "Yes, because he exercises everyday.” — RSJ, GMA News
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November 30, 2011 5:02pm

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