Marcos appoints former AFP chief Centino as Presidential Assistant for ‘Maritime Matters’

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Former Philippine military chief Andres Centino has been appointed as the presidential assistant for “maritime concerns” by the Malacañang. Centino served as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief from January 2022 to August 2022, and again from January 2023 to July 2023. He had reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 in February 2023, but a law allowed him to serve for three more years. In July 2023, it was announced that Romeo Brawner would replace Centino as AFP chief. At that time, it was stated that Centino would become President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s adviser for the West Philippine Sea.

This appointment comes after Centino’s extensive experience in the military, having served as the Philippine military chief twice before. His new role as the presidential assistant for “maritime concerns” indicates a focus on maritime security and issues related to the West Philippine Sea. This is a critical area for the Philippines, as it has ongoing territorial disputes with China in the region. Centino’s expertise and knowledge in this field will be valuable in addressing these concerns and ensuring the country’s maritime interests are protected.

The appointment of Centino reflects the government’s recognition of his capabilities and experience in military affairs. As the presidential assistant for “maritime concerns,” he will play a crucial role in advising President Marcos Jr. on matters related to the West Philippine Sea. This appointment further emphasizes the importance the government places on maritime security and highlights its commitment to safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity in the face of ongoing challenges in the region.

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