From Malaya Business Insight (Sep 9): Army gets new No. 2 man
THE commander of Army forces in Central Mindanao yesterday assumed office as the Army’s vice commander, the second highest official of the 80,000-strong Philippine Army.
Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division based in Maguindanao, replaced Maj. Gen. Demosthenes Santillan who reached the retirement age of 56.
Año, Santillan and Pangilinan are classmates at the Philippine Military Academy class of 1983.
Pangilinan became the 6th ID commander in May 2014.
Pangilinan is due to reach the retirement age of 56 in November this year.
Pangilinan will be heading other offices like the Army’s Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability, Board of Senior Officers, Housing Board, and the modernization board.
The military has yet to announce a replacement for Pangilinan as 6th ID commander but sources said the top candidate for the post is AFP deputy chief of staff for operations Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez.
Galvez, a member of the PMA class 1985, is a decorated officer. He is a recipient of two Distinguish Service Stars, two Outstanding Achievement Medals and six Gold Cross Medals, among others.
Galvez previously served as chairman of the government’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, one of the peace mechanism in the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.