Son of ‘murdered’ general looms as next Army chief

A SON of an army general “murdered” by rebels at the height of Muslim rebellion in Mindanao in the late 70’s looms to become as the next chief of the 70,000 strong Philippine Army.

Reliable sources at Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters, said that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is likely to named Major Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as the incoming Army chief.

If named, Bautista will replaced Lt Gen. Arturo Ortiz, who is due to retire from the military service middle of this month, as army chief.

Bautista is the son of Brig. General Teodulo Bautista, who was treacherously killed by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels  who lured him about surrendering in Sulu sometime in 1977.

“All bets are on him… As we know, the president have apparently looking at him as next army chief,” the source, who asked not to be named, said.

Bautista is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 81 and currently commands the 3rd Infantry Division based in Panay and covers central and western Visayas area.

The source added that Bautista name is included in the listy of 11 generals submitted by the AFP to Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, as contenders for the next army chief. (Anthony Vargas)

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