Despite being named as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief in acting capacity, Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda said that he feels honored to take the reins of the military at "a critical point" in the country's political transition.
"On this note, I start my tour in an acting capacity, honored to be tasked to take the reins at this critical point of our political transition, but humbled by the burden of the work and the responsibility which is more than any major unit commander can take or any individual can bear," he added.
The political transition Miranda is referring is the incoming May 9 presidential elections.
The same polls also prevented the appointment of a new AFP chief after Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri formally stepped down Friday after reaching the mandatory military retirement age of 56.
"It is consoling to be taking charge with a roadmap already made, with the command thrusts already set. And it is heartening to feel that for anything that my service may mean, the whole AFP stands by this arrangement," he added.
And with this setup, Miranda pledged to full the AFP's mandate.
"For this reason, let me reiterate the obvious: All legal orders and instructions shall remain in force and in effect unless otherwise rescinded," he added.
Prior appointment as acting AFP chief, Miranda assumed the post of AFP vice chief-of-staff last month.
Prior to this appointment, Miranda was the head of the Tarlac City-based Northern Luzon Command.
He also commanded the Nueva Ecija-based 7th Infantry Division and General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command at
. Quezon City
Miranda is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, the same class as Iriberri.