Brawner awaits CA nod as AFP chief

August 27, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 237 views

THE bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) is set to deliberate on Romeo Brawner Jr.’s promotion to Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with the rank of four-star general on Aug. 30.

The CA’s committee on national defense chaired by Camiguin Rep. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo will hold its confirmation hearing on Brawner’s ad interim appointment on Wednesday, according to CA assistant minority leader and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. named Brawner as the 60th AFP chief on July 21, replacing Andres Centino, who has since retired and is now Presidential Adviser on the West Philippine Sea.

The Constitution empowers the 25-member CA to pore over the competence, fitness and integrity of key presidential appointees, and to approve or disapprove them.

Pimentel said 29 other newly promoted senior military officers from the rank of colonel to major general will also face confirmation hearings before the Romualdo panel on Aug. 30.

The other senior AFP officers facing confirmation hearings on Wednesday are: for promotion to the rank of Major General: Freddie Dela Cruz; Noe Alberto Peñafiel and Rommel Roldan.