Duterte appoints Eastern Mindanao Command Chief to head Armed Forces

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) — Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero is the incoming Armed Forces Chief.

Guerrero will replace Gen. Eduardo Año who will retire on Oct. 27 when he turns 56 years old, the mandatory retirement age.

Guerrero heads the Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1984.

In an interview on CNN Philippines News Night, outgoing AFP Chief Año confirmed Duterte's appointment of Guerrero.

He said the Armed Forces will be in good hands under Guerrero.

"Gen. Guerrero is one of the most qualified contenders," Año said.

Año previously said the AFP Board of Generals has submitted the names of four three-star generals to President Rodrigo Duterte last week.

READ: AFP Chief Año: My replacement will put military in good hands

President Duterte said he is appointing Año as Interior Secretary, but this  was delayed due to the Marawi crisis.

"Wala pa namang [There is still no] appointment, siguro I will have to wait sa desisyon ng ating presidente [for the decision of our president]," Año said.