Duterte extends service of AFP chief General Guerrero

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the military service of Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero beyond his mandatory retirement age.

“This is to announce that the Executive Secretary, by authority of the President, has signed yesterday, December 6, the extension of the service of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement dated December 7.

President Duterte administered the oath of office of General Guerrero on December 6.

“AFP Chief of Staff General Guerrero will reach his age of compulsory retirement on December 17, 2017, and the President has extended his service to April 24, 2018, as per Republic Act No. 8186, or six months since he assumed office as AFP Chief of Staff,” the presidential spokesperson added.

A portion of Section 3 of Republic Act No. 8186 states “Generals/Flag Officers shall be compulsorily retired upon the attainment of the maximum tenure in grade herein prescribed, or upon reaching the age of compulsorily retirement whichever is earlier, except for the Chief of Staff, AFP, who may be allowed by the President of the Philippines to finish tenure in position as provided for in the Constitution.”