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AFP chief now a 4-star general

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. has been promoted to the rank of 4-star general in a donning ceremony held in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said in statement Madrigal’s fourth star was donned by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday.

Last December, Madrigal was installed as AFP chief, replacing now Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr.

Also promoted to the next higher rank of Lieutenant General and Major General, respectively, were Major Gen. Noel Clement, Central Command’s acting commander, and Brig. Gen. Pablo Lorenzo, AFP deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

Prior to his present assignment, Clement commanded the 501st and 602nd Infantry Brigades and the 10th Infantry Division serving under the Eastern Mindanao Command, which was then commanded by Madrigal.

He was also designated as AFP deputy chief-of-staff for operations.

Clement replaced Lt. Gen. Paul Atal who was designated as AFP Inspector General last November last year.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo was Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense before his appointment as intelligence chief.

“Their solid record of service speaks of their capability, capacity, and commitment to be promoted,” Madrigal said of Clement and Lorenzo.

“They are committed and capable officers, professionals who display the highest standard of leadership, competence, and character,” the AFP chief added.#