Duterte on new AFP chief Iriberri: 'He has the brains and competence to do it'

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte believes new AFP chief Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri will be "a good chief of staff for the entire country."

Davao City (CNN Philippines) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte described the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri as "a warrior."

Iriberri was assigned in Davao Region years back as a brigade commander and had worked with Duterte on the peace and security of the region.

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Asked on Iriberri’s appointment, Duterte said the new AFP leader is deserving of the position.

“He’s very good… he’s also a warrior. He has got the brains and the competence to do it,” said Duterte.

“He will be a good chief of staff for the entire country, not only for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”

According to many officials, Iriberri is also media savvy, well-experienced in civil military operations, and has a good grasp on the latest developments in military technology.

He is also known as a highly-professional and politically-neutral military officer and being chosen as the new AFP chief is an assurance that the military will exercise impartiality in next year's national polls.

Iriberri, who has been at the helm of the Army since February 2014, took over the top military post after Gen. Gregorio Catapang retired from the military service.

Iriberri is the 46th chief of staff of the military.

Aquino presided over the change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on Friday morning (July 10).