Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero will soon lead the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) as its administrator.
Commander in Chief President Duterte made the announcement yesterday in a speech before state security elements in Mawab, Compostella Valley.
Guerrero, who was supposed to retire on December 17, was compelled by Mr. Duterte to extend his stint as AFP chief for another six months. He is set to step down on April 24, 2018.
The AFP chief assumed his post last October 26 after successfully leading government troops in the battle against Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute bandits in Marawi City.
Republic Act 8186 allows the Commander in Chief to maximize the AFP Chief’s term under circumstances such as martial law and if the country is under the state of national emergency.
Section 3 of the said law prescribes that the AFP Chief of Staff “may be allowed by the President of the Philippines to finish tenure in position as provided for in the Constitution.”
Guerrero will be replacing sacked Marina Administrator Marcial Amaro III.
Amaro was the first official fired by Mr. Duterte this 2018 over allegations that he had had excessive foreign junkets.