Malacañang has extended the term of new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
Guerrero was supposed to leave the military service in less than two weeks, but his stint has been prolonged to six months more.
He is reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 17, 2017.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the order extending the term of Guerrero.
This means, Guerrero will be at the helm of the AFP until April 24, 2018.
He assumed the post only last October.
He had replaced then AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.
Guerrero's nomination had been approved by the Commission on Appointments.