MANILA, Philippines – Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita yesterday said the President can extend the term of generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and even the chief of staff.
Ermita said nothing would prevent President Arroyo from extending the term of outgoing AFP chief Gen. Victor Ibrado but she has not given any thought on the issue.
“In general and in principle, the President can extend the term of general officers and for that matter even the chief of staff. There’s nothing wrong when a president extends the term of a general officer or for that matter, the chief of staff,” he said.
Ermita, in a telephone interview, stressed that the issue on whether Ibrado’s term should be extended or not remains speculative.
“For one thing, I have no idea of the plans of the President. She has not discussed this matter with us,” Ermita said.