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Officer who criticized AFP promotion system gets promoted

May 16, 2011 9:19pm
A military official who last year criticized the promotion system in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was promoted recently along with six other officers.

Col. Jesus Lomeda, the AFP assistant deputy chief of staff for communications, electronics and information system, has recently been promoted to brigadier general.

Lomeda, in August last year, posted a message on the Facebook account of the Department of National Defense (DND) criticizing his non-designation as chief of the AFP Communications, Electronics and Information System Service (CEISS). The message was removed after it was posted.

In his message, he noted that he was recommended by then retiring CEISS chief Brig. Gen. Ricardo Butalid, and that he was a more senior officer than Butalid’s subsequent successor, Brig. Gen.Leopoldo Santos.

Lomeda further said that favoritism exists in the designation and assignment of officers to certain positions. He said he and the other officers not favored in the designations are “just victims of circumstances."

Also recently promoted were Brig. Gen. Tristan Kison, chief of the Camp Aguinaldo-based National Capital Region Command; and Brig. Gen. Pompeo Limbo, the Army’s inspector general based at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

Others who were promoted to the rank of brigadier general are Col. Mario Mendoza, deputy commander of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division; Col. Alexander Bote, commander of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing; and Col. Rene Pilapil, deputy commander of the AFP National Development Support Command.

Promoted to the rank of commodore (brigadier general in the Army and Air Force) is Navy Capt. (colonel in the Army and Air Force) Antonio Mendoza, a member of the AFP Bids and Awards Committee.

The promotions were approved by President Benigno Aquino III on the recommendation of the AFP Board of Generals, chaired by Gen. Eduardo Oban.

“Those stars now resting on your shoulders are not only there to showcase your new status but to serve as a constant reminder of your responsibilities and higher expectations from your superiors, peers, and subordinates," said Oban. — KBK, GMA News
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