Despite his looming retirement from the military on Oct. 26, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año remains committed to clearing Marawi City of the Maute Group remnants and protecting the nation from other lawless elements.
Año, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, has recommended at least three ranking military officials to replace him.
“The AFP chief remains focused on the ongoing operations. Not only in Marawi, in Sulu, or Basilan; but also in other parts of the country where operations are ongoing to protect the people from enemies of peace, security, and development like the terrorist NPA (New People’s Army),”
– Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP Chief of Public Affairs
Military officials are required to retire upon reaching the age of 56.
Col Arevalo added that Año’s undivided attention is on the AFP’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City, once the fighting is over.
This initiative is in connection with efforts of other agencies of government, local governments.
Arevalo said part of the AFP effort is ensuring that there will be no spillover of the rebellion from Marawi to other parts of the country.
It is up to President Rodrigo Duterte to decide who will be the next AFP Chief of Staff, said Col. Arevalo.