Año to retire early from Armed Forces

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) —  The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed Thursday General Eduardo Año intends to retire early from the military service.

The AFP Chief-of-staff will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on October 27. He will retire next month, according to AFP Public Affairs Chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo.

Arevalo said the military is already preparing for their chief-of-staff's retirement honors and the change-of-command ceremony.

"Meron nang board of generals na nagsasagawa ng pag-aaral sa kung sino ang papalit at nagde-deliberate sa kanyang successor," Arevalo said in an interview.

[Translation: There's already a board of generals who are studying and deliberating on who can possibly be his successor.]

Arevalo said all chiefs of military's major services and area commanders are the frontrunners in replacing Año.

But by law, officers with the rank of full colonel and up are eligible to become the next Armed Forces chief.

Under Presidential Decree 1638, a commissioned officer from the Armed Forces may avail of optional retirement if he has rendered at least 20 years of active satisfactory service.

Año was appointed chief-of-staff on December 2016.

On May 10, President Rodrigo Duterte introduced Año as his next Interior secretary in his pre-departure speech before heading to Cambodia.

Read more: Duterte names AFP Chief Año as next DILG Secretary

Año will be taking over the Department of the Interior and Local Government from officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, who assumed the post after Secretary Mike Sueno was sacked in March for alleged corruption.