This after President
Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the revamp in the military
The orders were issued
by the President, AFP Commander-in-Chief, based on the recommendation
by the Board of Generals (BoG) through the Defense Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin, the AFP said.
President Aquino has
appointed new officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in line
with the government's goal of having the "best players placed in the
The changes in the
military hierarchy will allow the
AFP to cope with changes in the security environment, maintain momentum in
its operations against security threats, and accomplish other goals,
the military said.
AFP chief of staff Lt.
Gen. Ricardo David said the reshuffled underwent a detailed process,
from the nominations from the Board of Senior Officers from each of
the major services, to the AFP BoG, then to the Office of the
President through the Secretary of National Defense.
Tabaquero replaces Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue who will now be
commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
Tabaquero will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Mario Chan is designated as
commander of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8ID).
General Chan as 4th ID Commander is Maj. Gen Victor Felix, the
outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, who will
in turn be replaced by Brig. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta Jr.
As part of the revamp,
outgoing Philippine Air Force (PAF) Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Eduardo
Oban Jr. has been designated as
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff. Replacing him as PAF Vice-Commander is Maj. Gen.
Artemio Orozco, the outgoing commander of PAF 1st Air Division.
Rear Adm. Mario
Catacutan is designated
AFP Inspector General. Taking his post as Deputy Chief of Staff for
Logistics is Commodore Teddy Pan, the outgoing Deputy Commander of the
Western Command. Maj. Gen. Jovencio Magalso, the outgoing
AFP Inspector General,
is appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree
The new Commander of
the Naval Forces Northern Luzon is Commodore Edgar Abogado, the
outgoing Commander of the PN Naval Logistics Center, while Commodore
Jose Luis Alano, the outgoing Commander of the Service Force of the
Philippine Fleet is designated as the New Chief of Naval Staff.
Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban is designated as commander
of the Western Command (WesCom) and will be succeeded by Brig. Gen.
Rear Adm. Roberto
Estioko has been appointed as full-time Philippine Navy
Vice-Commander. Army Col. Benito Antonio De Leon, previously the
Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense, is
designated as chief of the AFP Command Center.