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‘Military wives not in chain of command’–AFP chief

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:01:00 05/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lieutenant General Alexander Yano has stressed that military wives are not part of the chain of command.

After taking over from retired General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. last May 12, Yano said he issued directives to the AFP Ladies Club informing its members that “they are not part of the chain of command.”

“I told them [that] any request coursed through Mrs. Yano is automatically disapproved,” Yano said.

“She knows her role as a military wife because she was once a military officer, [she is] very simple, and she is not interfering in any of our activities,” Yano said of his wife, Estela.

Mrs. Yano, a former military nurse, will head the AFP Ladies Club, taking over from Esperon’s wife, Lorna, who was once caught in controversy for alleged meddling in the AFP Medical Center.

Esperon had fiercely defended his wife, saying in a recent interview that she was being targeted by failed bidders for supply contracts at the military hospital.

During his valedictory address, the former AFP chief also thanked his wife for sharing the “joys and pains of leadership” with him and for “touching” the lives of troops with her health and family programs.

“Lorna, you stood by me in the most difficult moments. Your own courage kept me strong. The kindness in your heart kept alive my own faith in God and in our countrymen,” he said.

In August 2007, Mrs. Esperon allegedly gave Monsignor Albert Songco of the St. Ignatius de Loyola Cathedral in Camp Aguinaldo a public dressing-down for not mentioning at mass 10 Marines who were beheaded in Basilan. She denied the charge.

During the AFP Day in December that same year, she played the drums to cut short a group of reporters interviewing her husband at the Tejeros Hall in Camp Aguinaldo.

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