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Incoming Army chief vows ‘back-to-basics’ policy

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:01:00 05/06/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The incoming commanding general of the 75,000-strong Philippine Army has vowed a “back-to-basics” policy that stresses military discipline in the largest branch of service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Lieutenant General Victor Ibrado will replace incumbent Army Chief Lieutenant General Alexander Yano when he takes over from General Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who will retire on May 9.

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. announced Ibrado’s appointment in a statement released on Tuesday.

Ibrado, an elite-trained Army officer, also said that he would not tolerate his men who would be involved in extra-judicial killings and disappearances.

“We will emphasize going back-to-basics, especially on military discipline,” Ibrado told reporters in a phone interview.

Asked if his thrust was prompted by the involvement of Army men in alleged power grab attempts, Ibrado said: “Maybe… Basic discipline means they should follow military regulations.”

On persistent allegations linking the Army to human rights abuse, Ibrado said: “Just like General Yano, we are very specific and categorical. We will not condone or tolerate anybody who does that.”

“We will assist in the prosecution of guilty individuals,” he added.

The Army was most recently linked to the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos, son of the late press freedom icon Jose “Joe” Burgos Jr., allegedly abducted by troops from the 56th Infantry Battalion based in Bulacan province.

Ibrado is the current chief of the Armed Forces Central Command (Centcom) operating in the Visayas.

Prior to heading the Centcom, Ibrado was chief of the Army Special Operations Command (Socom), which includes the Scout Rangers and Special Forces regiments and the US-trained Light Reaction Battalion.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, commander-in-chief, will preside overt the turnover ceremonies.

With a three-month extension, Esperon served as chief of staff for 22 months, the longest under the Arroyo administration.

Lieutenant General Pedro Ike Insierto, the incumbent deputy chief of staff, will replace Ibrado as chief of the Centcom based in Cebu City, which operates in the entire Visayas region, Teodoro said.

Lieutenant General Rodrigo Maclang, chief of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), will replace Insierto as deputy chief of staff, the third highest position in the military hierarchy.

Major General Isagani Cachuela, chief of the Light Armor Division, will replace Maclang at Nolcom. There was no immediate word on who will replace Cachuela.

Lieutenant General Cardozo Luna, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), was appointed vice chief of staff, the second highest post in the AFP. He will replace Lieutenant General Antonio Romero who will retire this week.

Major General Armando Cunanan, chief of the 8th Infantry Division, will replace Luna. There was no immediate word on who will replace Cunanan.

Yano, Ibrado, Maclang, and Cachuela are alumni of the Philippine Military Academy’s 1976 class. Teodoro is their adopted “mistah” or classmate.

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Written by joelguinto

TueUTC2008-05-06T09:27:27+00:00UTC05bUTCTue, 06 May 2008 09:27:27 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am05

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  1. sir ive to train or be a member of isafp if possible

    jesus perado

    FriUTC2009-10-02T05:55:17+00:00UTC10bUTCFri, 02 Oct 2009 05:55:17 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am10

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