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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Former WV officer
vies for AFP chief

The name of Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been included again in the short list for the position of incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff.

Guerrero, who is the commanding general of the AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, used to be assigned in southern Negros as the 61st Infantry Battalion commander.

He later returned as chief of staff and then as commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Jamindan, Capiz.

Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984, and Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez (PMA Class 1985), are reported to be the strongest contenders for the position of AFP chief of staff.

Outgoing AFP chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año is scheduled to retire from the military service on Oct. 26.

Año was supposed to retire in June, as he was being eyed by President Rodrigo Duterte for Interior and Local Government secretary. But his early retirement was not pushed through after Año was designated by Duterte as the Martial Law administrator in Mindanao in the wake of the Marawi crisis.

Guerrero was then also a strong contender for the position to be vacated by Año.

There were 59 retired military generals, police directors, admirals and colonels who had been appointed to posts in the Duterte Cabinet and other agencies, including government-owned corporations, as of June this year.

These include retired Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, former Negros Island Region police director, retired Brig. Gen. Abraham Bagasin, former 11th Infantry Battalion commander in central Negros, retired Chief Supt. Tom Bañas, Police Regional Office 7 regional director, retired Senior Supt Allan Guisihan, former Army chief Lt. Gen Raul Urgello.

Capa is now with the Philippine Coconut Authority , Bagasin - National Irrigation Administration, Bañas Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office , Guisihan International Police Commission , while Urgello is now connected with the Philippine Sugar Corporation. *


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MassKara Village
features 24 masks

Twenty-four unique, wearable masks made by local artists from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are on exhibit at the 21st MassKara Village of ABS-CBN Bacolod, at the 2nd Level of Robinsons Place.

The masks are made mostly of indigenous and recyclable materials.

The MassKara Village celebrates the world-renowned MassKara Festival, now on its 38th year.

The exhibit is an instant crowd-drawer, as mallgoers love to take their photos with these colorful masks.

Of the 24 masks, 15 will be chosen for the Parade of Masks on Oct. 20 at the fountain area of the said mall.

During the parade, the masks will be worn by models with matching body costumes and showcased before the panel of judges and mallgoers.*


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MassKara Village features 24 masks

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