President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lt. Gen. Andres Centino as the next chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Faustino will succeed AFP chief Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., who reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Friday.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque confirmed Centino’s appointment in a statement.

“We are confident that Gen. Centino will continue the initiatives of his predecessors to bring lasting peace and development in the country while securing the State and upgrading our defense capability,” he said.

Centino is the 57th chief of the AFP and the 11th under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Centino is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988 and became Army commander in May.

He is a batchmate of new top cop Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos.

Unlike his immediate predecessors, Centino is expected to serve for two years, as he will reach the mandatory retirement age in February 2023. John Ezekiel J. Hirro