By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
|President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Testimonial Review and AFP Change of Command Ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters Grandstand, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City Friday (July 18, 2014). With the President is Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, the new AFP (left), outgoing AFP Chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. (Photo by Gil Nartea/Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)|
“Matibay iyan. Habang mga mistah (classmates) niya M-16 ang dala-dala sa field noong tinyente pa sila, siya payong para kay Kris Aquino noong panahon ni (President) Cory (Aquno),” one quipped.
Political observers have been wide eyed by Petrasanta’s rise to power.
From being the chief of the envied Firearm & Explosive Office in the police national headquarter to being the top honcho of the chosen Police Regional Office-3 based in Pampanga, he is not only the top gun but have a deputy regional director for administration (DRDO) Chief Superintendent (military rank of a star rank) Wendy Rosario, a member of PMA Class 1982 – his town mate in Pangasinan and his senior when he was a plebe and Wendy was a junior or cow (3rd year) at the long gray line at Fort del Pilar, Baguio City.
(You can accessed my Petrasanta's article entitled "The Elusive PNP's Top Post" at http://mortzortigoza.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-elusive-chief-pnps-post.html
|Army Chief Lt. General Hernando Iriberri|
Until Gregorio Pio Catapang (PMA 81) appointment by President Aquino as the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last week, the AFP has been rife with rumor that the next chief of staff is either Army Chief Lt. General Hernando Iriberri (PMA ‘83), the protégée and fair haired boy of Cory’s former Presidential Security Group and current Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin or Air Force Chief Lt. General Jeffrey Delgado (PMA ’82) a former senior aide of President Aquino.
In the race for the Army commanding general’s post; Iriberri bypassed Catapang after he replaced him at the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ramon Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.
Why the appointment of Iriberri or Delgadao was scuttled? Was it because Aquino’s approval rating from the Social Weather Station (June 27-30 of +25% only) and Pulse Asia (from 70% in March to 56% in June) plunged from all time low?
Was it because he and his advisers believe that ramming Iriberri (or Petrasanta incase he is still in the race for the PNP top post) for the top AFP post would be unpopular not only in the military who look for the sacrosanct seniority rule and the masses who would smirk again on the favoritism being practiced by the president?
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