AFP supports fixed term for AFP chief of staff

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday expresses its full-support on a housebill that prescribes a fixed term for the AFP chief of staff, which now awaits approval of President Benigno “Nonoy” Aquino III.

AFP spokesman, Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., said that prescribing a fixed term for the AFP chief of staff  will be a big help in establishing a more stable leadership for the military in the near future.

The AFP spokesman added that fixing the term of the AFP chief of staff would be a big help in professionalizing the military ranks and could result to a much more stable and strong leadership for the military.

The AFP spokesman also said that a fixed term for the AFP chief will protect the military from political and personal motives, which he said is very important to ensure the professionalizing the rank and file of the AFP.

The AFP spokesman added that, “Once approved, this would certainly be a very significant factor for the realization of the AFP vision of a professional, capable and responsive AFP by 2020.”

The constant changes in the AFP leaderships, dubbed as the ‘revolving door policy’, for the past 12 years has been blamed for ‘unstable’ military leaderships, which have spawned several coup gitters in the past.

During the tenure of former President, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2001 to 2011, she had appointed  a total of 12 AFP chief of staffs, with one serving only two months in office.

Her successor, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, has already appointed three chief of staffs for the AFP since taking over the presidency in June 30, 2010.

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