By Genalyn Kabiling
Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Carlito Galvez Jr. will join the Cabinet next week as the new Presidential adviser on the peace process, President Duterte said Tuesday.
The President announced the new government post of Galvez as he congratulated him on a “successful tour of duty” as military chief.
Galvez, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1985, formally relinquished the AFP top post following his retirement from the service. He was replaced by AFP Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal during a change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“By the way, before I forget, si General Galvez will join the Cabinet next week as the Secretary of the Peace Process Office,” the President said.
“I think he is the ninth military man to join my government,” he added.
Galvez will take the place of Jesus Dureza who recently resigned amid a corruption scandal in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
In his speech, the President lauded Galvez for his significant contributions in strengthening the military “especially in his efforts to eradicate the ills that plague our society.”
According to the President, Galvez fought corruption within the military by initiating reforms that improved the financial state of the soldiers and the efficiency of the AFP’s financial systems.
Galvez was also credited for the creation of the AFP Development Center that helped address the gaps in the existing AFP leadership programs and develop the character, competence and capacity of the military.
The President said cited that Galvez supervised the internal security operations and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao. He said such campaign led to the “neutralization of more than 2,000 terrorists, the recovery of thousands of firearms, and the clearing of seven guerrilla fronts.”
“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.
“General Galvez, as you hang up your uniform, you can stand proud knowing that the armed forces that you will pass on is one that is formidable and empowered. Be assured that as you leave military service, you have inspired others with your work and have set an edifying example to the entire institution,” he said.