BAGUIO CITY – Major General Donato B. San Juan II officially took over as the Superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) last February 13, Saturday, after the testimonial parade and review for his immediate predecessor, Lt. Gen. Oscar P. Lopez, AFP, at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar, Baguio City.
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Hernando Iriberri, AFP, presided over the events which also marked Lt. Gen. Lopez’s retirement from service after 38 years in the AFP.
The Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines gave the arrival honors to their highest officials and held a testimonial parade where they passed in review in front of the new Superintendent and his guests.
Donato, a member of the Maharlika Class of 1984, has served as Chief of the Army’s Special Operations Command in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija before being appointed to his new position.
In his speech as the new PMA Superintendent, Donato said his new appointment has brought him “full circle” in his military career.
In his retirement speech, Lopez recalls the first time he had set foot in PMA and how he is grateful to have served his Alma Mater from his cadet years up to his retirement day. Moreover, he is happy and confident to leave the Academy in the capable hands of Donato. He said he is looking forward to being a full-time husband to his wife, Cecilia, and father to his two sons, Nathaniel and Rafael. JDP/JBZ with M. Ranoy and M. Corpuz – PIA/SLU interns/northboundasia.com