Eastern Mindanao Command Chief Lieutenant General Felimon Santos is the new head of the Philippines Armed Forces, according to the Dobol B sa News TV story on Thursday, citing Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.
Publicity Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea also confirmed the appointment of Santos to GMA News Online.
Santos will replace General Noel Clement, who is due to retire on 5 January 2020.
Santos is a graduate of the 1986 Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class and spent most of his junior years with the 39th Infantry Battalion, a unit stationed in various provinces in Mindanao.
He also led the 11th Intelligence Group, headquartered in Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Santos previously served as Chief of Operations of Central Command in the 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.
The former commander of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, located in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.