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PGMA administers oath of office of 13 generals, other officials

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administered the oath of office this morning to 13 newly-promoted generals and senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), information officers, an assistant secretary and members of two commissions.

Sworn into office were Maj. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general; Brig. Generals Rodolfo Obaniana and Fernando Manalo to major general, and Commodore Rufino Lopez, Jr. to the rank of rear admiral.

Also sworn into office were eight colonels, who were promoted to the next higher rank as brigadier general, and one Navy captain to the rank of commodore. They were Colonels Fernando Niduaza, Alfredo Cayton, Pedro Fernando, Edgardo Gurrea, Arnulfo Ylanan, Reynaldo Bangit, Arsenio Arugay, Fernando Zabat and Navy Capt. Ruperto Rico Borromeo.

The President also swore into office Ma. Lourdes Varona as assistant secretary for correspondence at the Office of the President.

Members of the EDSA People Power Commission also took their oath of office. They are Commissioners Honesto Isleta, Angelina Barrera, George Sarmiento, Lito Monico Lorenzana, Belinda Cunanan, Teresita Baltazar, Luz Emmanuel Sarmiento, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Blesilda Ocampo Buencamino and Carmen Pedrosa.

The President also administered the pledge by Charter Change Advocacy Commission members Jose Abueva as adviser, Lito Monico Lorenzana, chairman; Liberato Laus, deputy secretary general; Ronald Adamat, committee head for form of government; Ma. Romela Bengzon, head of the economic revisions committee.

Raul Lambino, head of the committee for structure, and members Andrea Bautista, Richard Alvin Nalupta, Carmen Pedrosa, Efraim Tendero, Joji Ilagan Bian, Jarius Bondoc and Ma. Rita Linda Jimeno.

The President also swore into office the new officers of the Association of Information Officers in Metro Manila (AIMM) led by Tez Valencia-Navarro of Muntinlupa City as president.

Other AIMM officers include Gerry Doringo of Navotas as vice president for external affairs; Girlie Guyong of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as vice president for internal affairs; Alber Sembrero of Muntinlupa, secretary; Susan de Leon of PIA, treasurer; Melquiades Loya III of Muntinlupa as business manager;

Riza Baldoria of PIA as adviser; Hjalmar Quintana Jr. of the Department of Justice (DOJ), legal adviser, and Board of Trustees Millet Lorenzo (Marikina), Ed Valen (Paranaque), Angelyn Sumalinog (DTI), Rene Martin (DENR), Jane Abello (DSWD), and Jenwyn Garcia (POPCOM).

released 2/16/2006

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