Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal will be the next AFP Chief of Staff to succeed Gen. Carlito Galvez, who will retire on Dec 12, 2018.

Madrigal will replace Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 12.

Madrigal’s closest contender was Army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto. Both had been  assigned in Davao, the President’s home region.

Madrigal took the helm of the Davao-based Eastmincom on November 2017, after Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero was appointed chief of staff.

He also previously served as commander of Southern Luzon Command, assistant chief of 10th Infantry Division and commander of 4th Infantry division.

Things You Need To Know About Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal

He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.

He obtained a Master In Public Administration degree at the Philippine Christian University in 2006.

He has a Master of Management Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra in 1999.

He is the head of the Eastern Mindanao Command before his appointment to succeed Gen. Carlito Galvez.

He was the commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade in Mati, Davao Oriental before becoming the head of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

Other positions previously held by lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal are the following:
1.Served as assistant division commander of the 10th Infantry Division in Mawab, Compostela Valley;
2.Commander of the 4th Infantry Division in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City; and 3.Commander of Southern Luzon Command in Camp General Nakar, Lucena City.

Madrigal is set to retire on Sept. 28, 2019.

He will be the 50th AFP Chief of Staff.