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Duterte’s new COA Commissioners, 19 military officers get CA nod

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The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Roland Cafe Pondoc as Commissioner of the Commission on Audit (COA), as well as the ad interim appointments and nominations of 19 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Pondoc’s term will expire on February 2, 2025.

He replaced former COA Commissioner Isabel Dasalla-Agito whose term expired February 2 this year.

Newly-installed Navy Chief Rear Adm. Robert Empedrad, Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Mayo Almario, and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista headed the list of senior AFP officers confirmed by the CA.

Tolentino and Bautista were both appointed to the rank of Brigadier General (Reserve) while Almario was appointed to the rank of Colonel at the Philippine Air Force (Reserve).

Other officers whose ad interim appointments and nominations were confirmed by the CA were: Major Generals Danilo Chad Isleta and Gener del Rosario; as well as Brigadier Generals Antonio Rosario Jr., Joel Sergio, Ernesto Torres Jr., Luis Vincent Tacderas, Joselito Serrano, Roberto Ancan and Erwin Bernard Neri.

Also confirmed were Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr. (Philippine Navy) and Philippine Army Colonels (Reserve) Gaudencio Cantos III, Alfredo Lupig, Enrico Yuzon, Arsenio Andolong and Baltazar Catbagan. (PNA)