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Bangit is new military chief

Posted by akosistella on March 9, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, a former spy master called the “emperor,” has been named chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in a move that drew a guarded welcome from soldiers and alarmed critics.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced to reporters Monday the appointment of Bangit, who headed the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during three coup attempts against her administration.

The Army chief will take over from Gen. Victor Ibrado in ceremonies at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday, when Ibrado turns 56, the mandatory retirement age in the 120,000-strong AFP.

Click INQUIRER.net.


Bangit choice raises suspicions – Gordon

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday the appointment of Gen. Delfin Bangit as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) raises suspicions that President Arroyo is “up to something.”

“It is kind of dangerous for the President to appoint Bangit. At this time, it just adds fuel to the fire, the fire that there is extension, that this (energy) shortage is artificial. She is putting more problems on her lap by doing all these things,” Gordon told editors and reporters of The STAR yesterday.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Senators to new AFP chief: Ensure clean and peaceful polls


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