Eleven generals vie for top army post
MANILA, Philippines – At least eleven senior military officials are said to be vying for the top army post, which is soon to be vacated by current Army chief, Lt. General Artuzo Ortiz Jr., who is due to retirement middle of the month.
Military chief public information officer, Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said that eleven contenders for the top army post are composed of two three star generals and nine two star generals.
“The Board of Generals have already met and submitted their recommendations on who should be the next Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA),” Burgos told defense reporters in a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo.
The military official said that the list of nominees for the next CGPA were forwarded to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who in turn will submit it to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for approval.
Those in the long-list of nominees for the next CGPA are Lt. General Anthony Alcantara, the military deputy chief of staff and Lt. General Jessie Dellosa, commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom).
Both army officials belong to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 79, to which the outgoing Army chief and the current Military chief, General Eduardo Oban Jr., are also members. Oban will also retire next month.
The other contenders are two star generals led by Major Generals Josue Gaverza Jr., (PMA 78); Jorge Segovia (PMA 80); Irineo Espino (PMA 80); Emmanuel Bautista (PMA 81); Elmir Dela Cruz (PMA 79); Romulo Bambao (PMA 79); Nonato Alfredo Peralta Jr. (PMA 79) Noel Coballes (PMA 80) and Jose Mabanta Jr. (PMA 81).
The military official said that all of the contenders for the top army post are qualified since all of them have at least one year left remaining in the military service.