Duterte picks Clement as next AFP chief of staff

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2019 10:38 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2019 02:06 AM

Lt. Gen. Noel Clement. Photo from 10th Infantry Agila Division Philippine Army Facebook page

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen his next military chief, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, who currently heads the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), will replace outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr.

Madrigal, 56, will step down from his post next week due to retirement.

Prior to his position in the AFP Central Command, Clement led the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, which has jurisdiction over Davao Region, Duterte's home province. 

- Report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News