Philippine army welcomes appointment of new military chief

19:46, June 29, 2010      

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The Philippine military welcomes the appointment of Ricardo David as the new chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), AFP public affairs office chief Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said on Tuesday.

He described David as having "professional competence", adding "He is a good choice for the Armed Forces. We are confident that his leadership will greatly contribute to the fulfillment of the mandate of the AFP to the people."

Philippine President-elect Benigno Aquino named Northern Luzon Command Chief Ricardo David as the chief of the Armed Forces on Tuesday.

David, who served with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during the time of Aquino's mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino, is tentatively set to assume the top military post on Friday, Burgos said.

David was born in 1955 in San Fernando, Pampanga but spent most of his childhood days in Victoria, Tarlac. He assumed as Northern Luzon Command chief in June last year.

He has handled several other key positions in the military, such as commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division, commander of the Army Support Command, chief of the AFP Command Center, and commander of the 402nd Brigade, among others.

He finished a basic management program from the Asian Institute of Management and went on to complete master's degrees on security studies and business administration from the Naval Post Graduate School in California and at the Xavier University.

Northern Luzon Command spokesman Rosendo Armas said David was "very proud and happy that he was chosen by the (incoming) commander-in-chief."

"He (David) promised that he will do his best to perform his ability as chief of staff of the AFP. At the same time, he will support all the policies and projects of the national government," Armas quoted David as saying.

David is reaching the retirement age of 56 on March 8 next year. When asked how David plans to lead the AFP in eight months, Armas said the incoming AFP chief has ideas. Among others, he plans to push unity for peace and progress which he has started in Northern Luzon region.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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