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Torres named new chief of AFP Western Command

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Rear Admiral Alfonso Torres Jr. is the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Command (AFP WESCOM), replacing Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos, who took a leave of absence, the AFP said.

In a statement released on Saturday, AFP Public Affairs Office (AFP PAO) chief Xerxes Trinidad said Torres’s designation “is an administrative decision of the AFP.”

“It is part of the ongoing changes in leadership and key positions within the military which is necessary for the institution to adapt to evolving security environment and effectively address emerging challenges,” the AFP PAO said in a statement.

According to the AFP PAO, the WESCOM requires an experienced “full-time leader” to provide continuity and strategic direction.

“We offer our full support to Rear Admiral Torres and we are confident in his ability to lead with distinction,” the AFP PAO said.

Prior to this, Carlos was facing an alleged recording of a supposed “new model” deal with China for managing the situation in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

AFP spokesperson Colonel Francel Margareth Padilla, however, denied that Carlos’ leave was linked to the Chinese Embassy’s claim that the AFP WESCOM entered into such an agreement. Padilla said no investigation will be conducted while Carlos is on leave, GMA News reported.

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