No favoritism in DND promotions – Gazmin

DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin yesterday denied accusations that he was playing favorites much less meddling with the promotion system of the Armed Forces in the Philippines (AFP).

He, however, clarified that, as defense secretary, he has a say over the recommendations for promotions and placement of senior and even junior military officers.

“Hindi naman sa nakikialam. ‘Pag may promotions na ganyan, dumadaan sa akin ‘yun at ako ‘yung final recommending authority to the President,” Gazmin told defense reporters in a chance interview.

The defense secretary also denied allegation made by Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue, former commander of the National Capital Regional Command (NCRCom), that he “manipulates” the promotions in the AFP.

“Hindi, I am not manipulating it (promotions)… Dumadaan sa akin, ‘yun ang pakikialam ko,” Gazmin said.

He gave assurance that there was no politics in the promotion system, noting that a senior military officer gets promoted because of his performance based on the points system of the military

Gazmin defended the promotion of Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) chief Gaudencio Pangilinan from major general to lieutenant general.

He said AFP’s ruling that, except for the AFP chief of staff, military personnel who has less than a year left in the service is not eligible for promotion to the next higher rank.

“Sabihin mong retroactive dahil late nang lumabas, kasi bago ang gobyerno natin, sa dami ng mga pinipirmahan hindi kaagad napirman pero yung date nung pagpasok ng mga papeles was on the day itself,” Gazmin said of Pangilinan’s promotion.

Pangilinan, who belongs to Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’79, was the subject of a manifesto from “concerned AFP officers” that is circulating around military camps in Metro Manila. Anthony Vargas

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