Friday, August 7, 2009

Sabban,PMA'78, named Marines chief

Malaya Wednesday, July 15, 2009 A1


PRESIDENT Arroyo has appointed Maj. Gcn, Juancho Sabban, the commander of the military's Joint Task Force Comet, as commandant of the Marine Corps. Sabban will assume his position on Friday, replacing Maj. Gen. Ben Dolorfino who will take over the Western Mindanao Command on Thursday. Dolorflno will succeed Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga who is retiring. AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said Sabban's replacement has not been decided. He said three officers were recommended, including Marines vice commander Brig. Gen. Natalio Encanna. Told that Sabban has a history of military adventurism (he took part in 1989 coup attempt), Brawner said: "There might have been instances in his career where he went against the rules and regulations ...but everybody is given the chance to prove himself."

Sabban belongs to Philippine Military Academy Class '78 where the President is an honorary member. Task Force Comet was instrumental in the recovery of Italian Eugenio Vagni, a worker of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who was released by his Abu Sayyaf captors Sunday dawn. Sabban was among many military officers who launched the December 1989 coup which was thwarted by the intervention of the United States. Among those who also took part in the coup were former First Scout Ranger Regiment chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Urn and Marine Co\. Ariel Querubin. Both are under detention, facing court, martial for involvement in the failed attempt to overthrow the government in February 2006


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