Duterte extends Armed Forces Chief Guerrero's service

General Rey Leonardo Guerrero

General Rey Leonardo Guerrero

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 6 has extended the term of the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero for another four months.

On October 25, Duterte picked Guerrero as the replacement of former AFP chief-of-staff General Eduardo Año, who reached compulsory retirement on October 26.

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"The Executive Secretary, by authority of the President, has signed yesterday, December 6, the extension of the service of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero", Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Thursday.

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Guerrero, along with the the promotion of 40 other military officers.

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He took charge of the AFP as the military wound down operations in Marawi City, which had been besieged by Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists since May, and as prospects for peace talks with communist rebels dimmed further.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had earlier expressed support for the extension of Guerrero's term.

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"Ano naman magagawa ni General Guerrero sa two months, 'di ba (What can he do in two months)?" "That is a good reason for the President to extend whoever is the Chief-of-Staff", he added.

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