Air Force Gen. Oban is new chief of staff

AN AIR FORCE general that led the negotiation for the surrender of Oakwood mutineers several years ago is the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III named Lt. General Eduardo Oban, Jr. as the incoming AFP chief of staff during the graduation rites of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 2011 Sunday, March 6, in Baguio City.

He will replace General Ricardo David Jr., who is turning 56 on Tuesday, the mandatory retirement age for military personnel.

Oban is currently the AFP deputy chief of staff and a jet-fighter pilot. A member of PMA Class ’79, he is due to retire from the military service in December.

He is the second cheif of staff under the Aquino administration. The President earlier expressed his sentiments against the revolving door policy in naming military chief.

The revolving door policy was used extensively by former President and now 2nd district of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, who named 12 chiefs of staff during her nine-year reign.

During the Oakwood Mutiny on July 27, 2003, Oban, only a colonel that time, helped in the negotiation for the surrender of the Magdalo group led by then Navy officer and now Senator Antonio Trillanes, IV. Anthony Vargas

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