Call them Chinese


As expected, President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III renewed his administration’s vow to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). At the same time, President Aquino reiterated his push for more improvements in the benefits being received by each and every man and woman in uniform.

The twin promises were made during the latest change of command of the new Commanding General of the Philippine Army in ceremonies held in its headquarters at Fort Bonifacio. The Commander-in-chief presided the traditional turnover rituals from outgoing Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes to his successor, Maj. Gen. Hernando Iriberri.

Prior to his promotion, Iriberri was commanding general of the 7th Army Infantry Division Command. The new Army chief is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1983. Iriberri beat Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, his closest rival to become the new Army chief. Catapang heads the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) and belongs to PMA Class 1981.


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