Brig. Gen. Domingo J. Tutaan, the new AFP spokesperson
Brig. Gen. Domingo J. Tutaan, the new AFP spokesperson

MANILA, Philippines — Brig. Gen. Domingo J. Tutaan, the former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Human Rights Office head, was appointed as military spokesperson effective May 6, 2013.

He replaces Col. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos Jr., the current chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) and spokesman, who was designated as Civil Military Operations Group commander of the Philippine Army effective May 1.

His duties and responsibilities as PAO chief will be turned over to Major Ramon P Zagala.

Tutaan will simultaneously hold the position as head of Office of the Internal Auditor which he assumed last May 2.

As the Internal Auditor, Tutaan will be in charge of overseeing the fiscal administration of AFP units and offices.

“Under my stewardship, the office shall be proactive in setting and implementing our agenda in order not to simply react on situations. We will aspire without compromise to have transparency in all our actions,” he said.

“The judicious and prudent use of resources, most especially our funds must be the primordial consideration on all our undertakings,” Tutaan added.

He will turn over the leadership of the AFP Human Rights Office to Col. Rhoderick M. Parayno, the Philippine Army Human Rights Office Chief, in a change of chief of office ceremony this May 6 at the AFP Commissioned Officers’ Clubhouse in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, Burgos, the longest tenured Chief, PAO, while performing as spokesman who served for over three years, will formally relinquish his position to Zagala this Monday.

The former assumed the position as PAO chief and AFP spokesperson in March 10, 2010.

He has served as the AFP information officer under five chief-of-staffs, namely, Gen. Delfin Bangit, Gen. Ricardo David, Gen. Eduardo Oban, Gen. Jessie Dellosa, and Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

His assumption as the PAO chief and AFP spokesman of the AFP came when the military’s current campaign plan, the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” was being crafted in 2010.

“I sincerely thank Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes for designating me as commander of the Civil Military Operations Group. I would like to thank also AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista for giving me the opportunity to serve under him and for allowing me to further my growth and career in the military profession,” Burgos said.

“I feel so indebted to the people I’ve worked with specifically to Team Public Affairs of the AFP and to the media particularly to the members of the Defense Press Corps who were instrumental in conveying our messages to the public,” he added.

Prior to his current position, Burgos was the commander of the 80th Infantry Battalion based in Mindoro and then the Army chief public affairs and concurrent Philippine Army spokesman.

He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.

His successor, Zagala on the other hand is not a stranger to PAO, AFP.

He was once appointed as the Assistance Chief, PAO in 2008 under Col. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.

At present, Zagala is the assistant chief of staff for Civil-Military Operations, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) of the Special Operations Command, Philippine Army based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. (PNA)

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