By Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
MANILA (UPDATED: 4:03 PM) – A top security aide of the late Corazon Aquino, the mother of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III, has assumed the post of chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Lieutenant Gen. Jessie Dellosa, previously the chief of AFP’s Northern Luzon Command, will replace Gen. Eduardo Oban, who retired Monday.
President Benigno Aquino III presided over turnover rites at Camp Aguinaldo this morning.
Dellosa will be the 43rd chief of staff of the AFP and will serve for only less than two years.
He was commanding officer of the Special Reaction Unit of the Presidential Security Group during the time of the late president Corazon Aquino, the current president’s mother.
Vision of his term
He reaffirmed the plans and programs of his predecessor.
In his speech, Dellosa said his term will focus on four aspects: territorial defense, the AFP’s internal peace and security plan, disaster preparedness, and organizational reforms.
Dellosa affirmed the military’s constitutional mandate to uphold the country’s internal and external security. He also vowed to continuously upgrade the capabilities of the military, particularly on naval and air defenses in relation to the West Philippine Sea dispute.
Dellosa also said the military supports the Aquino administration’s stand for an all-out justice, not all-out war, against rebels in Mindanao.
Citing his combat experiences in Jolo and Basilan, Dellosa said, “I witnessed men fought hard and died in combat…I saw the destructions brought by war. I think it’s time to give peace a genuine chance.”
In relation to that, Dellosa also vowed an “all-out war” against graft and corruption within the military.
No word from the Palace
Up until Sunday, no formal announcement from Malacanang has been made but rumors that Dellosa will replace Oban have been rife in the past weeks.
Both belong to the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979.
Born on January 20, 1957 in Bacon, Sorsogon, Dellosa has had intensive military training and experience.
His previous designation includes being the 30th Commander of the 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division of the Philippine Army; Deputy Commander of Central Command
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Commandant of Cadets Philippine Military Academy; Brigade Commander of the 302 Brigade; and Chief of Staff of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, among others.
He also went through Intel Officer Basic Course; Military Scuba Driving Course; Basic
Airborne Course; Scout Ranger Course; Counter Terrorist Action Course; Hostage Rescue Training; and Anti-Terrorist Tactical Training, Crisis Management Training, among others.
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