CA confirms AFP chief, Navy’s first female head

The Commission on Appointments confirmed Wednesday the ad interim appointments of Armed Forces chief of staff Felimon Santos Jr. and Navy Commodore Luzviminda Camacho, with none objecting to their confirmation.

The members of the CA national defense committee asked Santos several questions including the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement, while none was hurled at Camacho. 

Santos was the head of the Eastern Mindanao Command prior to his appointment to the top military post.

He is a member of Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986 and spent most of his junior years with the 39th Infantry Battalion, a unit deployed in Mindanao.

He also once headed the 11th Intelligence Service Unit based in Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Santos previously held the positions of Chief of Operations of Central Command in Visayas; 703rd Infantry Brigade Commander in Central Luzon; Battalion Commander of 63rd Infantry Battalion in Samar Province; and Assistant Division Commander of 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Awang Maguindanao.

He was the former commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

Camacho, the first female commodore of the Navy, was also the first woman to command a Navy ship and the first female commander of Philippine peacekeepers deployed to the United Nations.

Sen. Grace Poe, in her sponsorship speech, said: “Clearly, Commodore Camacho has paved the way in her field before we were even privileged to meet her. Hers is a story of pure grit...”

She said more than the grant of the title, the appointment signified bigger and better things to come for the AFP.

“Putting the right leaders at its helm is only the start of better capacitating our Navy in these uncertain times. I have no doubt that we are nearer to this goal with the appointment of Commodore Camacho,” she said.

Topics: Commission on Appointments , Armed Forces of the Philippines , Luzviminda Camacho
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