34 generals, flag officers promoted this year

34 generals, flag officers promoted this year
By Alexis Romero
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 34 military generals and flag officers have been promoted so far this year, data from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) showed.

Of the 34 who secured promotions, only eight were members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 1978 of which President Arroyo is an honorary member.

“If you look at the list of promoted officers, you can see that the promotions were not concentrated on one class. There is equal opportunity in terms of giving promotions,” AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said in a phone interview yesterday.

Burgos stressed that the giving of promotions is based on indicators such as performance, competence, and credentials and not on one’s class or connections.

Class ’78 members who secured promotions were AFP chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit, Army Commanding-General Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, Central Command chief Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, chief of Air Staff Maj. Gen. Jesus Fajardo, 4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Mario Chan, 5th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Romel Gomez, 7th Infantry Division assistant commander Brig. Gen. Restituto Aguilar and Defense department – Office of the Defense Reform chief Brig. Gen. Reynaldo Ordonez.

Three of the promoted officers belong to class ’77 — Northern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo David Jr., AFP Provost Marshal General Brig. Gen. Roger Diaz and AFP Command and General Staff College head Rear Admiral Raul Espera Jr.

Nine members of PMA class ’79 were given higher ranks namely AFP Resource Management Office chief Maj. Gen. Pedro Soria II, Air Education and Training Command chief Maj. Gen. Renato Sanchez, acting AFP deputy chief of staff for civil military operations Maj. Gen. Victor Felix, acting AFP deputy chief of staff for plans Maj. Gen. Jose Villarete, Army Support Command deputy chief Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Palmea; 1st Infantry Division deputy commander Brig. Gen. Alexander Dicang, AFP Modernization Program Management Office Commodore Roland Recomono, Joint Task Force Malampaya head Commodore Esteban Castro, and Naval Internal Auditor Commodore Raul Leyritana.

Six of the newly promoted officers came from PMA class ’80. They were Army chief of staff Maj. Gen. William Campos, AFP Office of the Legislative Affairs chief Brig. Gen. Cesar Yano, AFP Management Fiscal Office chief Honorato de los Reyes, Air Defense Wing chief Brig. Gen. Nestor Deona, Naval Forces Central chief Commodore Armando Guzman, and Naval Service Force chief Commodore Edgardo Tamayo.

Three were members of PMA class ’81, namely Navy Attack Craft Force chief Commodore Philip Cacayan, PMA assistant superintendent Brig. Gen. Virgilo Domingo and AFP Inspector General Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

Five of the promoted officers were not PMA alumni. They were National Capital Region Command deputy chief Brig. Gen. Lorenzo Sumicad, 570th Composite Tactical Wing commander Brig. Gen. Roy Devaraturda, AFP Reserve Command chief Brig. Gen. Juanito Dalmas, Naval Reserve Command chief Brig. Gen. Bernardo Ferrer, and 3rd Marine Brigade chief Brig. Gen. Mario Montejo.

President Arroyo’s appointment of her mistahs in class ’78 to key military posts triggered speculations that she will use the military to prolong her stay in power. Previous reports also claimed that the appointments of Bangit as AFP chief and Mapagu as Army commanding-general have caused demoralization and unrest among more senior classes.

Military officials have repeatedly belied these accusations and insisted that the AFP remains solid and professional.

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.


    One of your Manila Board of Regents, Mr. Jesus B. Trinos Jr., was alleged involved in a Fraud Complaint in a multibillion peso anomalous deals, the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP), AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Projects SCAM as supplier/agent for Datatrail Corp., Ceragon Networks Israel and Alcatel.

    We need your help in the speedy investigation the one-million-peso-company Datatrail Corp. grossly defrauded the Philippine government, illegally bagging the Contracts in AFP DID NOT PASS the 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Datatrail Corporation DID N0T submit their Eligibility documents thereby grossly violating the RA9184 and IRR, this PhP 55,000 taxpaying company getting the multi-billion projects in AFP by fraud and influence peddling.

    We know you as Mr. Clean honest disciplinarian and well known as criminal fraud buster, you hate Cheaters (ayaw po ninyo sa mga sinungaling, mapaglinlang, manlalamang, magnanakaw at mandaraya) especially when they are taking advantage of your good image; even using you and your good name by photo ops. We just saw you recently with Mr. Trinos and Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta at PLM during the ceremony welcoming the two new Regents. This is quite disturbing knowing that your good reputation will be at stake here gladly endorsing Mr. Trinos as Manila Regent. Mr. Jesus Trinos is currently involved in various fraudulent illegal activities highly anomalous deals controversial biddings and kickback schemes seen to be raking millions of dollars in government deals that are tainted with graft and corruption issues, influence peddling, grave collusion, daylight robbery and treacherous conspiracy among suppliers and the AFP DND BAC.

    Jesus Trinos Jr. PLMAAI President (representative/agent for Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel) and Hermie Orbe PLM Foundation President (representative/agent for Alcatel) are both MAJOR PLAYERS here as telecommunications suppliers actively participating in the highly anomalous controversial AFP deals and they are on the way to transfer the AFP Modernization Program Funds thru PLM Foundations in which they elected themselves as officers to control the PLM Scholarship bank accounts they opened these bank accounts in Makati City (not in Manila) !?? These suppliers bagged Contracts the AFP Modernization Program Funds illegally, by massive fraud, collusion and these conspiring vendors have entered into JVA (c/o Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corp.) without Income Tax Return Stamped Receipt from BIR (EFS), etc., grossly violated the latest Government Procurement Act RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Like the Film Scam in 1994 (where the late Ms. Viveka Babajee the Miss Mauritius 1994, she announced the Winners by Fraud; likewise here, the suppliers in conspiracy with the AFP DND BAC 2005-2006 they announced the Winner thru a mere JVA declaration they exacted ‘switching of ballots/Winners’ i.e., thru a JVA, AN INSTANT Winner was declared by DND BAC, Winner without eligibility documents and BYPASSED THE 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE ! )

    Government fraud is A VERY SERIOUS CRIME !

    This is a national interest and your local government interest as well especially that one of your Regents was deeply involved in these illegal acts that are tainted with GRAFT AND CORRUPTION and fraudulent transactions, the AFP DND BAC highly controversial anomalous deals.

    Sadya po nilang iniligaw yung mga Signatories na binabanggit nila. They DID NOT follow the rule of law the latest RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE BIDDING which is the MOST IMPORTANT STAGE BECAUSE IT IS THERE WHERE WE CAN SEE IF THIS COMPANY, DATATRAIL CORPORATION IS PAYING THE RIGHT TAXES and TO SEE THE QUALIFICATION HISTORY OF DATATRAIL CORPORATION, wala po silang pinakitang kahit anong ELIGIBILITY Documents. Again, Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE Bidding. This is highly illegal and criminal offense as a Contractor, obviously THIS BIDDING AND AWARDING OF CONTRACT WAS TAINTED WITH GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.

    And So, the public may know !


    TO SHOW PROOF OF EVIDENCE THAT We have NOT seen Datatrail Corp. during the 1ST STAGE THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Bidding, here’s an AFP document from their online archive:

    AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Bid Bulletin (notice ONLY four bidders’ ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTS WERE SCRUTINIZED, namely: Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks)

    X X X X X X
    Fixed Communication System (stage/status: 1st stage of the 2-stage procurement mode was held last September 8, 2005; new invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (ITAEB) will be issued on October 20, 2005)
    Procurement Stage: 1st Stage – Opening and Submission of Bids
    ABC: P447,360,000.00
    Length of Delivery: 240 calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed
    Highlights : Through a Supplemental Bulletin, the deadline for submission and opening of bids for the 1st stage bidding for this project was changed from 25 August 2005 to 8 September 2005, 9:00 a.m. On the day of submission and opening of bids, 4 companies complied, namely Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks. None of them failed when their eligibility envelopes were opened. During the initial evaluation of the technical proposals of the 4 bidders, the BAC declared that they all passed, yet subject to post qualification/evaluation. BAC shall formally announce in writing, through the Secretariat, the results of the evaluation. Schedule of the opening of the revised technical proposal and their financial proposals (i.e. 2nd phase of a two-stage bidding process) is scheduled on October 20, 2005 due to request of bidders for longer time to prepare revised technical proposals.


    X X X X X

    Based on the AFP BAC’s Bid Bulletin, it showed beyond doubt that there were ONLY 4 Bidders, not 5; the private Filipino company Datatrail Corp. was not in the list !

    WHERE’s DATATRAIL CORPORATION during the 1st STAGE Bidding ?? No docs ? Missing in action ? Datatrail Corporation totally ignored the 1ST STAGE ELIGIBILITY STAGE. THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SUBMITTED THEIR EFS BIR Certifications PAID Stamped Receipt equivalent to 50% of the ABC and Qualifications History, etc ? So now here’s the question, IS THIS the “level playing field” that AFP DND BAC were talking about ? Bakit napakalakas naman po yata ng Datatrail Corporation sa DND BAC. Kung kelan halos patapos na ang bidding, dun lang ididikit yung name nila sa Project na naka- “JVA” kuno ! Dahil po ba kasi masyadong malaki ang Kickbacks or “TONG-PATS” !??