New AFP chief Visaya is now 4-star general

New AFP chief Visaya is now 4-star general

- Gen. Ricardo Visaya received his fourth star on Friday, July 8

- Visaya is the new Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff

- A four-star rank is the highest military position

- Only the AFP chief may be given a four-star rank

Exactly a week after assuming the top military position, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya is awarded his fourth star on Friday, July 8.

New AFP chief Visaya is now 4-star general

New AFP chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya is awarded four-star rank, the highest in military position. (Photo from AFP Public Affairs)

The donning of ranks was presided by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at Camp Aguinaldo, where Visaya was given full military honors.

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Visaya is the 48th AFP chief of staff. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy as part of the Class of 1983.

He previously served as the commander of the Southern Luzon Command in Quezon Province.

On the same day, Visaya was also awarded the Aviator's Gold Wings at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Pasay.

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