(Nightlead) Aquino presides over Testimonial Review for outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Dellosa

January 17, 2013 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 17 — President Benigno S. Aquino III presided over the Testimonial Review in honor of outgoing military Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa, who relinquished his post to Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, in a simple ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo Thursday.

In the same event, the President, who is also AFP Commander-in-Chief, formally installed Bautista as the 44th Chief of Staff of the AFP.

Aquino conferred the Presidential Legion of Honor with the degree of Chief Commander and citation on Dellosa.

He was assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Dellosa’s wife Mary Rose.

In receiving the award, Dellosa was cited for his competence and leadership in the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan where he rallied the AFP in sustaining the gains in internal security operations, community building and development, organizational reform, support to peace process, territorial defense and humanitarian and disaster response.

Dellosa, the 43rd AFP Chief of Staff, held the AFP's top post for more than a year after assuming office on Dec 12, 2011.

He will be reaching his mandatory military retirement age of 56 Sunday.

During the change of command ceremony, Dellosa also submitted to the President his tour-of-duty report before handing over the command symbol to his successor.

The newly-installed AFP Chief of staff had served as the Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

He had served as Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.

A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy’s Dimalupig Class of 1981, Bautista completed his Masters in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Compared to last year's AFP anniversary celebration and previous change of command ceremonies, Thursday's event was simpler as the motorized contingent and the sky diving exhibition were shelved, along with the assets and capability demonstration.

Among those present were Vice President Jejomar C. Binay; former President Fidel Valdez Ramos; Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr.;

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas; Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya; Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles; Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.;

Presidential Management Staff head Secretary Julia Abad; Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Rosales; National Police chief Police Director General Alan Purisima and Coast Guard chief Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena.

Also in attendance were members of the Diplomatic Corps, Cabinet Secretaries, Congressmen, Foreign Armed Forces Attaches, former secretaries of the Department of National Defense, former Chiefs of Staff of the AFP;

Officials of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police, Quezon City local government officials, veterans, and members of the AFP Affiliated Organizations and the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979. (PNA)

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