Aquino says not to retain Philippine military chief

21:43, June 09, 2010      

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Philippine President-elect Benigno Aquino III waves to the crowd as he enters the Session Hall of the House of Representatives in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, the Philippines, June 9, 2010. Aquino was officially proclaimed the country's next president by the Philippine Congress Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua Photo)

Philippine President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said on Wednesday that he will not retain Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit on his position.

While Aquino did not want Bangit to be his chief-of-staff, he said he will review the appointment of other military officials, who were bypassed by the Commission on Appointments.

"After a cursory review or as clear a review as possible, we will resubmit their appointments so those who are deserving will be considered and fulfill the requirements of the Constitution and thereby get their appropriate ranks, with the exception of the chief of staff who at the present time with his comments and insinuations does not indicate a harmonious relationship with us," he explained.

"He (Bangit) will not be the chief of staff," he stressed.

On the other hand, Aquino said he might retain Philippine National Police Chief Director General Jesus Versoza.

Unlike Bangit, Versoza did not say anything against Aquino and even prior to the May 10 elections, he had assured that the police would be non-partisan.

Source: Xinhua


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