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Ruffy Biazon calls to pass fixed terms for AFP chief

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Ruffy Biazon wants major reforms done within the military, and that can’t be done if chiefs can’t stay on for longer than a year.

The Muntinlupa congressman pointed out again the glaring problem facing the Armed Forces, saying they can’t get anything game-changing done if their heads are changing every few months –– which has been the trend under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte.

It’s a problem he inherited from his dad, former AFP chief of staff Rodolfo Biazon, but has unfortunately remain unresolved by Congress decades later.

“Twice in the last 6 Congresses the fixed term bill for the AFP Chief of Staff almost became law. In the 13th, it was passed by the bicam but not ratified by the House; in the 15th, the president vetoed the bill. It’s been challenging to stop the revolving door leadership in the AFP,” the politiko said.

“Former AFP Chief of Staff Rodolfo Biazon, who served for only 3 months, spent his 21-years as a legislator trying to pass the fixed term bill into law. I joined him when I myself got elected into the House in 2001. Up to now, we’re still far from achieving the goal,” he added.