DUTERTE SWEARS IN NEW AFP CHIEF IN RECORD SETTING 9-MINUTES SPEECH: Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana is first Army Chief who renders a salute with his left hand.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte presided over the turn-over ceremonies in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City around 6pm today between outgoing Gen. Gilbert Gapay who retired and the new AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.
“On January 13, 1995 then Army Captain Sobejana led a 16-man unit from the First Scout Ranger Regiment who faced off against over 150 fully armed Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sitio Carro in the town of Isabela, Basilan.
“After the encounter, Sobejana’s right hand lost its motor capabilities. He underwent nine surgical procedures in the United States for two years,” sunstar.com.ph reported.
After his speech the President offered the retired Gen. Gapay to head the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), or a post at the Dep’t of National Defense (DND).