From the Manila Standard Today (Apr 25): PNoy ex-aide new PAF top gun
President Benigno Aquino III has appointed his former senior military assistant as commanding general of the Philippine Air Force, said Lt. Colonel Ramon Zagala, Armed Forces spokesman.
Major General Jeffrey Delgado, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandigan” Class of 1982, will be installed on Friday during a turnover ceremony at the Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, Batangas.
Delgado had served for years a member of the Presidential Security Group under the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino. He is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs based in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
His appointment to PAF is expected to be announced by Malacanang within the day.
He will replace Lieutenant General Lauro Catalino dela Cruz (PMA “Mapitagan” Class 1980), who bows out of military service.
Earlier, PAF spokesman Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol said the turnover of command would be held in Lipa for the first time in history, saying it was the request of the outgoing PAF chief.
Mr. Aquino will be attending the turnover, the source said.
There is talk that Delgado is also being groomed for the Chief of Staff position when AFP chief General Emmanuel Bautista retires on July 20, a source said.
Delgado is an experienced pilot who flew MD520s and T-28 Trojans in close air support operations, Zagala said.
Since Aquino assumed power, the AFP chief of staff position has been a contest between the Army and Air Force.
Aquino’s line of military chiefs are the following: Army Gen. Ricardo David Jr., Air Force Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr., and Army Gen. Jessie Dellosa.
The current military chief, Bautista, is also from the Army.