The Commission on Appointments (CA), in its first in-person and virtual plenary session today, presided by Senate President/Chairperson of the Commission Vicente C. Sotto III, adopted its amendment to the New Rules of the Commission to allow conduct of virtual sessions and confirmed the appointments of 15 top officers (14 ad interim appointments and one nomination) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Three CA Members, including the CA Chairperson, attended the session physically while 17 CA Members participated in the video conference virtually. The hybrid session was conducted in adherence to health and safety guidelines and protocols during the pandemic.
In an earlier meeting at the committee level, the Committee on Rules and Resolutions presided virtually by its chairperson Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario, moved to recommend to the plenary the adoption of proposed amendment to the Rules with no objections raised. Considered during the plenary session was the adoption of the CA en banc of Resolution No. 3 of the Committee on Rules and Resolutions, “Amending Chapter III, Section 10 of the New Rules of the Commission and Article IV, Section 1 of the Rules of the Standing Committees to allow conduct of Plenary Sessions and Committee Hearings through teleconference, video conference, webcast, or other similar reliable forms of remote or electronic means.”
Meanwhile, the CA also approved 14 ad interim appointments and gave its consent to one nomination of top officers in the AFP. Confirmed during the plenary session were two lieutenant generals, five major generals and eight brigadier generals. Topping the list of appointments confirmed and given consent by the Commission were the ad interim appointment of Lt. Gen. Antonio G. Parlade, Jr., commander of the AFP Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) and the nomination of Lt. Gen. Corleto S. Vinluan, Jr., commander of AFP Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom). Other confirmed promotions were the following:
|Rowen S. Tolentino||to the rank of Major General|
|Edgardo Y. De Leon||to the rank of Major General|
|Generoso M. Ponio||to the rank of Major General|
|Peale Jon L. Bondoc||to the rank of Major General|
|Edgard A. Arevalo||to the rank of Major General|
|Araus Robert F. Musico||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Norwyn Romeo P. Tolentino||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Angelica DL Torres||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Carlito R. Bueno Jr.||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Danilo O. Cariño||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Andrew D. Costelo||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Armel S. Tolato||to the rank of Brigadier General|
|Lyndon J. Sollesta||to the rank of Brigadier General|
These appointments were deliberated on by the CA Committee on National Defense, conducted by committee Vice Chairperson Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, who, together with Sen. Francis “Tol” N. Tolentino, was physically present during the hybrid meeting. Lacson moved to recommend their confirmation to the plenary with no objections raised.
Also taken up during today’s hybrid plenary session was the election of Sen. Franklin M. Drilon as CA Minority Floor Leader. Drilon, who was virtually present during the plenary, took his oath before Senate President/CA Chairperson Vicente C. Sotto III.
The conduct of the hybrid committee meetings and plenary session was streamed live via Youtube / CA Webcast – also a first for the Commission on Appointments.