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3-way race for AFP post

Marine Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Rustico Guerrero  has emerged as among  the three contenders to replace Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, the current commander of the Western Command based in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, military sources said. Sabban, the youngest member and the last to retire from among the Philippine Military Academy Class “Makatarungan” Class 1978 graduates, was slated to bow out of service retire on April 1. Guerrero,  battle-tested in Mindanao, is a member of PMA Dimalupig Class of 1981. The other contenders for Sabban’s post, brigadier generals Alexander Balutan and Romeo Tanalgo, are classmates (PMA Matikas Class). Tanalgo was former Sulu commander before he became head of AFP Command  Center based in Quezon City. Balutan is the commander the 1st Marine Brigade in Cotabato and  among the senior officers who  exposed the 2004 alleged election fraud.
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