Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda replaces Iriberri as acting AFP chief

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Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda is now the acting chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), replacing Gen. Hernando Iriberri, who steps down on Friday (April 22).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda assumed as acting Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff on Friday (April 22) after Gen. Hernando Iriberri bowed out of service.

Iriberri had to step down immediately because he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56. He retired exactly on his 56th birthday.

With the appointment ban in place due to the election season, Miranda as vice chief of staff automatically assumed the post as the highest military officer.

President Benigno Aquino III was present during Iriberri’s retirement ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on Friday. He said he is confident Miranda will continue Iriberri’s program for peaceful elections.

Aquino added he is blessed to be commander-in-chief of an army that has competent leaders.

Irriberi and Miranda are both from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class of 1983.

On Friday, Miranda urged the soldiers to ensure clean and peaceful elections, maintain national peace, and further modernize the armed forces.

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Who is Lt. Gen. Miranda?

Miranda hails from San Fernando, La Union.

He finished command trainings in the United Kingdom and Singapore, and has a Master’s Degree in National Security and Business Administration.

Prior to serving as vice chief of staff in March, he was the commanding general of the Northern Luzon Command from August 2015 to March 2016.

In 2015, he was the commander of the AFP’s 7th Infantry Division based in Nueva Ecija, after being Camp Aguinaldo commander.

Miranda is a bemedalled scout ranger and paratrooper, and an infantry and intelligence officer.

He has received several awards: a Distinguished Conduct Star, four Distinguished Service Stars, and four Gold Cross Medals.

He commanded the 25th Infantry Battalion, 1002nd Brigade, which was among the units that fought in the government’s all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation front (MILF) in Central Mindanao in 2000.

Miranda was instrumental in the capture of dozens of MILF camps, including Camp Abubakar, the MILF headquarters.

CNN Philippines’ Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.