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President Duterte appoints Galvez as new Peace Adviser

President Rodrigo Duterte said outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. will be joining the Cabinet next week as the head of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process replacing Jesus Dureza.

Duterte announced the appointment of Galvez as peace adviser during the 83rd founding anniversary of the AFP on Tuesday, and praised the latter’s successful stint at the AFP.

Galvez created the AFP Development Center to address the gaps in the existing AFP Leadership Programs and helped develop the character, competence and capacity of military personnel, Duterte noted.

Galvez also implemented martial law in Mindanao, neutralized more than 2,000 terrorists, recovered thousands of firearms and cleared seven guerrilla fronts. He likewise successfully fought corruption in the AFP.

“As he retires from his valiant service to our nation, his accomplishments speak well of how he fulfilled his mission to foster a stronger and more dependable armed forces as well as a safer and more secure Philippines,” Duterte said.

Replacing Galvez as the AFP chief is Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr.

Duterte expressed confidence that under Madrigal’s leadership, the AFP will achieve more milestones in the campaign to combat terrorism, end insurgency, and address lingering and emerging threats to national security.

Meanwhile, Duterte said the government is shifting its method from the “military-centric approach” to a “new civilian-led approach,” through Executive Order No. 70 which creates the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

This transformation will tap other government agencies and other private sectors in bringing essential services and other development interventions that will address the root cause of the communist movement uprising.

Duterte tasked Madrigal to take the lead in “preserving peace and ensuring order as we shift to this new approach.”

“Sustain the progress of those who came before you and create a legacy that will cause ripples (of) positive change in the years to come,” he added, as he rallied the members of the AFP to support its new leadership.

Madrigal is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” class of 1985. Prior to his appointment as AFP chief, he headed the Eastern Mindanao Command. He also served as commander of the Southern Luzon Command and the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.#