CA approves appointment of Solcom chief hounded by fatal hazing case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15)— The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the designation of Bartolome Bacarro as commander of the Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) despite appeals from the family of Darwin Dormitorio, a cadet who died of hazing in 2019.

Bacarro was also promoted from major general to the rank of lieutenant general.

His confirmation was previously deferred after the Dormitorio family questioned why he should be promoted as Solcom chief when his track record showed he "failed miserably" when he was the Philippine Military Academy commandant of cadets when the 20-year-old Dormitorio died.

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Other military officials

The CA also confirmed the nominations and ad interim appointments of Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. as Armed Forces Chief of Staff and 40 other flag officers and senior officers in the military.

President Rodrigo Duterte also approved the appointment of Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario and Maj. Gen. Robert Dauz as new chiefs of the Western Mindanao and Visayas commands, respectively, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on the same day.