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Gen. Andres Centino is back as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after he was appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Centino took his oath before the president on Friday, according to Malacañang.

Centino was first appointed AFP chief of staff by former president Rodrigo Duterte. He served from Nov. 12, 2021 to Aug. 8, 2022.

During his first stint as AFP chief, Centino focused on operational efficiency, optimal use of resources, advancement of professionalism and meritocracy within the organization, and capability development, Malacañang said.

He also pushed for the completion of capability projects as part of the modernization of the AFP and led the organization during the 2022 national and local elections.

Centino is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.

He also holds master’s degrees in business management and national resource strategy.

Centino will reach the mandatory retirement age in February 2023. John Ezekiel J. Hirro