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Duterte picks Gapay as new AFP chief

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has named Army chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay as the next Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last July 28, Duterte said he had approved Gapay’s appointment effective August 3.

Gapay will replace outgoing military chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., who is set to retire next month.

In a statement released Wednesday, Malacañang said Gapay is expected to “continue the reform initiatives of modernizing and professionalizing the armed forces while protecting our people and securing the state.”

Spokesman Harry Roque also wished him “all the best in this new undertaking” and prayed for his good health and success.

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