An impeccable track record that complements his competence and integrity in leading men will make the top candidate become the next Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Malacañang said on Friday.
The next AFP chief should also not be tainted with corruption, presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque related in describing the qualities President Rodrigo Duterte is looking from the likely successor of Gen. Felimon Santos, Jr.
Santos is set to retire on 4 August after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
Santos is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.
“The President considers as very, very important the appointment of the AFP chief of staff. Qualities must be: Able to serve the republic, must have the competence, integrity, he should not be corrupt and must have shown a track record to serve the republic,” Roque said.
Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, the AFP Spokesman, earlier said one of 10 senior military generals is being eyed to replace Santos who became the 53rd AFP chief last 4 January.
Arevalo said the Department of National Defense (DND) has sent its recommendation to Malacañang early this month.