Former AFP chief Guerrero now new MARINA administrator

Published April 18, 2018, 6:13 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Genalyn Kabiling

After his “exemplary leadership” in the military, former Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero is the new Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator, President Duterte announced Wednesday.

AFP Chief Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President has ordered Guerrero to report for work at the MARINA next week, saying its top post has been long been vacant.

“I had to extend your services because of what was ongoing war in Mindanao, specifically ‘yung Marawi. Kaya ‘yung MARINA, ‘yung director, ang silya doon multo na ang nakaupo [So in the MARINA, ghosts have sat on the director’s chair]. It’s about time na you report to that office by next week perhaps,” the Presidnet told Guerrero during the military change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Guerrero will replace MARINA head Marcial Amaro III who was fired by the President last January for taking excessive trips abroad.

The commander-in-chief announced the new appointment of Guerrero on the day he retired after nearly four decades of military service. He relinquished the top AFP post to Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984, was appointed AFP chief of staff last October 2017. He was supposed to retire last December but the President extended his term until April 2018.

In his speech, the President commended Guerrero for his “exemplary leadership,” citing his accomplishments such as military clearing operations in Marawi City during his “short but impressive stint” as military chief.

“The AFP successfully facilitated our clearing and reconstruction efforts in Marawi—all while preventing the resurgence of any terrorist threat that could have escalated to another conflict and hampered the city’s progress,” he said.

He also cited Guerrero for leading the clearing of major roads, bridges, schools and places of worship in Marawi City. With the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the (National Housing Authority), he also authorized the deployment of engineering units to assist in the construction of temporary shelters for displaced families in Marawi, according to the President.

Duterte also praised Guerrero for attaining the “unparalleled” number of communists and terrorists who surrendered to authorities. “From less than 800 prior to his assumption, the number of surrenderees rose to more than 5,000 during his tour of duty,” he said.

“These achievements have not come without cost, but let me assure our uniformed personnel, kayong lahat po, that the government remains committed in enhancing your capabilities, promoting your welfare, and looking [after] the needs of the fallen and the injured and their families,” he said.

In his six months as AFP chief, Duterte also said Guerrero has competently and effectively continued the tradition of dedication and hard work by his predecessors, and left a legacy for future leaders to follow.

“His efforts have strengthened the foundations of not only a stronger [and] better military, but also [of] a safer and more secure Philippines,” he said.