Pacman officially promoted as lieutenant colonel

BOXING champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Monday was formally and officially promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the army reserved corps.

Despite some questions over his promotion, Pacquiao took his new rank during a donning of rank ceremony given to him by the Philippine Army at the army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

“The donning of rank is to publicly recognize the qualifications of personnel promoted to the next higher grade, and of individuals appointed to join the premiere military organization in the country,” the army said in its statement.

Pacquiao was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel last September 21 by President Benigno Aquino III, raising howl of protest over the move with his critic questioning his educational qualification for such promotion.

The Army spokesman, Major Harold Cabunoc, said that Pacquiao’s appointment to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the army reserve corps was legitimate one and done in accordance to existing rules and regulations.

“His commissionship was based on the provisions of Section 44 of Republic Act 7077 which provides that ‘elected officials and presidential appointees may be commissioned into the Reserve Force subject to the existing AFP rules and regulations,” Cabunoc said.

The army spokesman added that Pacquiao has also applied for the promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the army reserve rank last June 27 and noted that Filipino boxer is qualified under paragraph 5b, Group VI of Circular Number 4,

A GHQ AFP memorandum dated July 5, 2010 said a congressman may be granted a rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserve force.

Before being promoted, Pacquiao held the rank of senior master sergeant and was also designated as the command sergeant major of the 15th Ready Reserve Division.

Pacquiao can only be appointed to Colonel rank based on the following requirements: that he be an elected official or completed an MNSA program; finished Command and General Staff Course or completed MNSA program; qualified pursuant to Circular Number 4 of the AFP; and shall be confirmed by the Congress. Anthony Vargas

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