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Lorenzana favors extending new AFP chief Guerrero’s term

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday said he would recommend extending the tenure of newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

“Oo naman,” he told reporters when asked if it would be better to keep Guerrero in his post even after his mandatory retirement on December 17.

“Ano naman ang magagawa ni General Guerrero sa two months? Siguro ma-extend naman ng mahaba-habang panahon para naman magampanan niya naman ang trabaho niya,” Lorenzana said.

Guerrero headed the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command prior to his appointment as AFP chief, replacing General Eduardo Año. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maharlika” class of 1984.

The AFP has had short-term chiefs in the past, among them General Benjamin Defensor, who was AFP chief for 69 days, and General Rodolfo Biazon, who served from Jan. 24, 1991 to April 12. —KBK, GMA News