From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Aug 27): AFP’s civil military operations deputy chief retires Wednesday
Rear Adm. Miguel Jose Rodriguez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The deputy chief of staff for civil military operations at Camp Aguinaldo
will step down from his post Wednesday, a month earlier than his scheduled
“Rear Admiral Miguel Jose Rodriguez will retire early for personal reasons,
so he can take care of his family and also to give way to a smooth transition to
the new leadership,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told
Rodriguez’ retirement was originally scheduled for September 28.
He will be replaced by Brigadier General Lysander Suerte, the deputy
commander of Armed Forces Central Command based in Cebu.
A simple turnover ceremony will be held at Camp Aguinaldo instead of the
usual testimonial parade given to retiring officers.
“Rodriguez opted to give whatever budget for the parade to his successor,”
Zagala said, but could not immediately determine how much would be actually
The retiring general was once embroiled in a corruption case, after an Army
major allegedly falsified his signature and pocketed P1.4 million worth of
Rodriguez, who was then the concurrent military spokesman, took a leave
during the investigation.
The general was later cleared of the charges, while the Army major remained
at large and had gone absent without leave up to present.
Next chief of Presidential Security Group
Meanwhile, three senior officers are being considered to replace Brigadier
Ramon General Mateo Dizon, the chief of Presidential Security Group who is
retiring on August 31.
A military source identified the three officers as Navy Captain Raul Ubando,
Col. David Diciano, Col. Jose Caparas Jr. All are assigned with the PSG.
Ubando and Diciano are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of
1985 and Caparas is from PMA 1987.
President Benigno Aquino III has yet to name the successor of Dizon in the