The Armed Forces of the Philippines published the accomplishments of outgoing Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Ricardo David Jr., at their Facebook page. General David leaves the AFP at a time when past Chiefs and top officials are accused of massive corruption, and at a time of of heightened tensions at the Spratly Islands.
Some of the accomplishments the AFP noted:
- An implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, with the launching of the AFP Soldier’s handbook on human rights, and international humanitarian law.
- Extensive education and training for soldiers, a plan to further professionalize the ranks of the armed forces.
- Has reduced the number of CPP-NPA-NDF communist groups to 53 guerilla fronts, and at least 104 communist-affected barangays.
- The violent activities of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were “substantially reduced” to 46 percent from 333 in 2009, to 179 by 2010. According to the AFP, rogue elements of the MILF remain a low-level treat in Mindanao. AFP operations in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi reduced regular members of Abu Sayyaf from 391 in 2009 to 386 in 2010, with terrorist activities including kidnap for ransom and bombings dropped by 30 percent by 2010.
- Essential medical and dental health services were made within reach of soldiers
- Light support watercraft and a 1 1/4 ton truck were acquired and delivered in 2010 as part of modernization program. Also General David approved 3,480 units of Body Armor, 14 units of Armored Personnel Carrier, and 227 units of 20W Man Pack radio. The Navy were given Night Fighting System and 720 rounds of 76mm Oto. The Air Force acquired 18 basic trainer aircraft, 8 new combat utility helicopters, one aerial camera and an upgraded C-130H.
According to his biography, General David joined the Philippine Army after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1977. He completed a tour of duty in Mindanao between 1977 and 1983. General David commanded the 50th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division from 1996 to 1998. He assumed command of the 402nd Infantry Brigade in 2005 until 2006 followed by a tour with the AFP Command Center in 2007 then Army Support Command in 2008. General Dvid assumed command of the 4th infantry Division of the Philippine Army in 2009 and was Northern Luzon Command, prior to his elevation as Chief of Staff.