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Sara as Army lawyer?

Being promoted as a lieutenant colonel in the reserved forces of the Philippine Army’s 22nd Infantry Division does not stop with the ceremony.

Mayor Sara Duterte, who took the promotion last week in a simple ceremony at City Hall presided by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo David Jr., could join the Army’s legal panel.

LT. COL. MAYOR INDAY.  Mayor Sara Duterte earning the promotion in a simple ceremony at City Hall presided by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, left,  and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo David Jr. BERT TOMAS

“Being a lawyer she comes in as one of our assets in our legal outreach in the Armed Forces,” said Gazmin, adding the mayor would be as big asset to the Philippine Army.

More than the honor, Gazmin said the position bestowed by the Philippine Army also adds to the power of the city mayor.

“More than the concomitant prestige and honor her new rank brings, it accords her with added vital instrument in the exercise of her duties and functions as an elective official of our government. She has now that direct access to the doors of our armed forces on all matters affecting the protection and security needs of her citizens in this part of the country,” he said.

Duterte’s new rank is a jump away from being a captain of the reserved forces given her by AFP when she was the vice mayor.

Gazmin said her promotion is consonant with our laws by virtue of her being elected as city mayor of Davao City.”

I will serve and support the Army and the President, Dutertetold media after the ceremony, adding the Army reserve helps in delivery of socio-economic services and during disasters and other crisis situations.

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