Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro Jr. (Photo courtesy of Politiko)
By Junex Doronio
August 1, 2022
MANILA — Fortifying the strength of the new administration, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed Medal of Valor awardee Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro Jr. as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Malacañang on Monday, August 1, said Bacarro will serve for three years due to the law signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte in May granting a fixed term for top military posts and changing their age of mandatory retirement.
Bacarro received his Medal of Valor on Dec. 21, 1991, for his “conspicuous acts of courage, gallantry, and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during a 10-hour encounter with 150 fully-armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who attacked the town of Maconacon, Isabela on February 4 that year.
Meanwhile, the President and Commander-in-Chief also tapped Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. as head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Medardo de Lemos as chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). (ai/mtvn)