Philippine military chief General Hermogenes Esperon is flanked by reporters. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 28, 2008) – Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo has extended the term of Armed Forces chief General Hermogenes Esperon for three months so he can continue operations against terrorism.
Arroyo made the announcement during her visit in Switzerland. Esperon is due to retire February 9 at age 56. He vowed to crush the Abu Sayyaf and New People’s Army rebels before his mandatory retirement.
Esperon’s extension has been welcomed by soldiers and Sulu provincial officials, led by Governor Sakur Tan, saying, he has done a good job as Philippine military chief and drastically cut threats of terrorism.
Army chief General Alexander Yano is said to replace Esperon. (Mindanao Examiner)