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Centcom to ensure
peaceful polls

Newly-installed Central Command Chief, Rear Admiral Edgar Abogado, has vowed to exert all means to ensure a peaceful automated 2013 midterm polls.

Abogado assumed his post Monday, replacing Major Gen. Jose Mabanta, who was appointed Centcom’s officer-in-charge in December.

Abogado, who served as head of Patrol Gunboat 104 of the Naval Forces Central, said he will also focus on the insurgency problem in Negros province and Samar. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy “Mapitagan” Class of 1980, and served a number of field and staff positions.

He was promoted to commodore, the equivalent rank of a brigadier general on Sept. 7, 2010. He received his second star and was promoted to rear admiral on April 4, 2011. Abogado is a recipient of several awards like the Distinguished Service Star and the Distinguished Navy Cross, and has a management master’s degree from the Philippine Christian University.

Centcom will monitor areas in Negros and Samar after it received reports that some communist rebels are issuing a permit to campaign and permit to win to politicians. If politicians get the PTC and the PTW, the rebels reportedly will ensure their victory in the May elections.

“That’s a form of extortion. We will not allow that to happen. It won’t be a fair campaign,” said Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who attended the change of command, and advised military personnel to stay apolitical.*PNA

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