The commander of the Northern Luzon Command, Lt. Gen. Gregorio Catapang, is being groomed to head the top Army position when the incumbent chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes bows out of service on Friday, sources said.
Another source said the commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Ricardo Visaya, is being “highly considered” for the NOLCOM position that Catapang would soon vacate.
Catapang declined to comment.
He is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupig” Class of 1981 and classmate of Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, AFP chief of staff.
Coballes belongs to the PMA “Mapitagan” Class of 1980.
A Malacanang statement issued by Presidential Communications Secretary Edwin Lacierda said that President Aquino will attend Coballes’ retirement ceremony at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
“At the end of the week, President Aquino will witness the retirement ceremony of Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, and the consequent Change of Command Ceremony,” Lacierda said.