Sunday, March 6, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino has named a new armed forces chief, charged with cleaning up corruption in the 130,000-member force, as reported by VOA on Sunday.
Mr. Aquino announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Eduardo Oban as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during a graduation ceremony of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City Sunday.
Oban succeeds General Ricardo David, who will retire Monday.
The appointment comes amid a congressional inquiry that has exposed scandals involving the misuse of millions of dollars by top Philippine generals.
General Oban is widely respected among younger officers. He played a key role in ending an army mutiny in 2003, when 300 junior officers took over a high-rise apartment in Manila’s business district to protest corruption in the Gloria Arroyo administration. (*)