AFP: Nothing controversial about PAF chief Kintanar’s early retirement option 

The military on Thursday doused speculations that a corruption controversy preceded the decision of Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. to opt for an early retirement as chief of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“No, he is not relieved for corruption. It’s just to give way for the junior officers, that’s how professional and dynamic the organization is,” said military Public Affairs Office chief Col. Noel Detoyato.

Detoyato issued the clarification following insinuations that Kintanar may have been “forced” to leave his post early in connection with ongoing modernization projects for the Air Force.

“There is no issue of corruption whatsoever, it is for the professional growth of the whole organization,” said Detoyato.

President Duterte appointed Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez, former commander of the Armed Forces Western Command, on Wednesday as successor of Kintanar, who reportedly opted for an early retirement.

Briguez is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, while Kintanar is a member of Class 1985 and has until 2020 to serve his term.

Detoyato said it was the personal decision of Kintanar to go on an early retirement.

 

 

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Rene P. Acosta covers defense, law enforcement and national security for the paper. He had written for a number of publications, including abroad before he joined BusinessMirror. His works had appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Asia Pacific Defense Forum, both in the US. He took up regional security with the International Visitor Leadership Program, US. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines which he had headed in 2009.

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