SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The Commission on Appointment today confirmed the nomination of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and six other lawmakers to the rank of Colonel in the reserve force of the various services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Alvarez was confirmed as Colonel of the Philippine Navy-Marines.
Also confirmed as colonel of the reserve force of various services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas (Judge Advocate General), Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia (Phil. Army) and Bai Sandra Sema (Phil. Army), and Rep. Roy Loyola.
Likewise, the CA confirmed the nomination of Senators Loren Legarda and Manny Pacquiao as Colonel of the reserve force of Phil. Air Force and Phil. Army, respectively.
In addition, the CA gave its nod to the ad interim appointment Rene Glen Paje to the rank of Major General and that of Marlyn Agabas (PA) to the rank of Colonel of the Philippine Army.
The CA committee on national defense unanimously recommended to the commission’s plenary the confirmation of the nomination of Alvarez and the eight other senior officials of the AFP.
"After a thorough deliberation your committee unanimously voted to favorably recommend for the Commission’s confirmation and its consent to the ad interim appointments and nominations,” said Sen. Gregorio Honasan, acting chairman of the CA committee on national defense.
In seconding the nomination of Alvarez, San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora noted that in his two years as Speaker of the House Alvarez has voiced out what many in the House and the Senate would like to voice, “taking very controversial positions, but always pushing and very successfully, the legislative agenda of the President of the Philippines.”
“He has not been fearful of to take controversial positions and stance on controversial issues, including those that we have long wanted to take: divorce, nullification of marriages, social positions that previous leaders have failed to adopt,” Zamora said.
Likewise, he noted that Alvarez has relentlessly pursued federalism as central issue for the Duterte administration.
“He has always told us that in the end federalism means true local autonomy—something that not only the chairman (Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III) but even his own equally esteemed father has always championed,” Zamora said.
True federalism, according to Zamora, would bring about true empowerment of local government units, and most importantly of the people of the Philippines.
“This is gentleman who will be a prime contributor to the Armed Forces of the Philippines when he is finally confirmed,” Zamora said of Alvarez.
He also noted that Farinas is equally qualified for his rank, noting that the Ilocos Norte lawmaker has held the position as majority leader of the CA and a Bar topnotcher.