CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The Commission on Appointments (CA) Committee on National Defense confirmed the ad interim appointments and nomination of 50 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City.
Presided by Rep. Luis "Jon-Jon" A. Ferrer IV, the CA gaveled the en banc confirmation of 49 ad interim appointments and one (1) nomination of senior military officers.
Among those confirmed was Major General Juvymax R. Uy, the current Commander of the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and was the highest ranking officer present. The CA also confirmed the nomination of Brigadier General Vener Odilon D. Mariano PA to Major General.
The CA found the following Army Colonels qualified for their ad interim appointments: Harold M. Cabunoc, Ramon P. Zagala II, William George S. Cordova, Danilo E. Estranero, Ernest John C. Jadloc, Vincent Arnold O. Dy, Vicente Edgardo C. De Ocampo, Jessie R. Montoya, Cesar L. Portiz, Edgar O. Josue, Neil Alfonso R. Roldan, Ciriaco A. Lomas-e, Amadeo U. Cruz, Dennis C. Gutierrez, Samuel G. Yunque, Melencio W. Ragudo, Rico O. Amaro, Richard T. Servito, Dante T. Bermillo, Eliezer P. Valdez Jr., Camilo A. Saddam, Joel D. Aquino, Castor O. Bahin, Josue M. Caberto, Zane B. Fernandez, Nemesio A. Escleto, and Arturo E. Junco.
Meanwhille, six (6) Air Force Colonels also confirmed were: Francis Karem E. Neri, Rommel Allen P. Genete, Reynaldo Jose A. Montoya, Jerome Erwin S. Santiago, Melvin A. Banua, and Vicente F. Flora.
The CA likewise confirmed three (3) Navy Captains namely: Norman A. Mutia, Edwin F. Carpio, and Michael G. Barrion. Three (3) Marine Colonels also got the CA nod, they were: Bladimer B. Caluya, Frederick G. Baradi, and Noel M. Tiu.
Six (6) other colonels from the Dental Service were also approved by the CA such as: Isidro Alex C. Urriquia, Ranulfo O. Espera, Sonny A. Ramos, Jonathan L. Dumlao, Maria Teresa P. Boto, and Ben Hur A. Carino.
Col Jose Rosel R. Reduble from the Medical Corps and Col Ela Gemma J. Taguba from the Nurse Corps were also confirmed.
Lastly, Col Roy L. Onggao from the Chaplain Service also received CA approval.
The confirmation of ad interim appointments and nomination of senior military officers by CA is a manifestation of professionalism and commitment to the highest ethical standard among the AFP's ranks. This is a pledge that remains one of the military's utmost priorities towards becoming credible armed forces that is a source of national pride.
"[The] CA's confirmation of the ad interim appointments and nomination of our senior officers validates our officer's corps' competence and diligence to better prepare them to take on greater responsibilities in the organization. Let this milestone empower your dedication to serve our nation even further for the benefit of every Filipino," AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert I. Gapay said in a statement. (PIA NCR)