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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
05MANILA3790 2005-08-17 08:56 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 003790

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/16/2015
TAGS: PREL MOPS MARR MCAP PGOV PINS PINR PTER RP
SUBJECT: GENERAL GENEROSA SENGA ASSUMES COMMAND OF ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES

REF: MANILA 3353

Classified By: Political Officer John R. Groch for
Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (SBU) Summary. Lieutenant General Generosa Senga assumed
command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from retiring
General Efren Abu in an August 15 change of command ceremony.
Senga has a reputation as a combat commander. A classmate
of Abu’s, he is expected to continue many of his predecessors
reform-oriented policies — including trying to keep the
military out of politics. End Summary.

¶2. (U) Lt. General Generosa Senga, former commanding general
of the Philippine Army, assumed command of the Armed Forces
of the Philippines (AFP) in a change of command ceremony on
15 August 2005. Senga, before his tenure as head of the
Philippine Army, served as commander of the Southern Command
and of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division. As 6th
Division Commander, he conducted military campaigns against
the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the
New People’s Army (NPA), and various terrorist, kidnapping,
and armed lawless groups in Central and Southern Mindanao.

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BIO BACKGROUND
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¶3. (U) Senga succeeds General Efren Abu, who has reached the
AFP mandatory retirement age of 56. Senga and Abu both
graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1972, in a
class that also included current Philippine National Police
Chief Arturo Lomibao. In addition to commanding the Southern
Command and Sixth Infantry Division, Senga has served as
chief of the 701st Infantry Brigade, commander of the Army
Counterterrorist Group, Army Chief of Staff, AFP Deputy Chief
of Staff for Civil Military Operations, Chief of Staff for
the Northern Luzon Command, and AFP spokesman. Senga also
underwent training at the US Army Infantry School at Fort
Bragg, the US Defense Intelligence College and the US Pacific
Command, as well as in the United Kingdom and Israel. In
2004, he participated in the State/PACOM-sponsored Symposium
on East Asia Security.

¶4. (C) We do not anticipate a significant change in
leadership style with Senga’s appointment as AFP Chief. The
AFP is poorly equipped, undermined by perceptions of
corruption, and riven with discontent that has spawned more
than a dozen attempted coups in the last two decades.
Outgoing AFP Chief Abu had embraced Philippine Defense Reform
(PDR) and had begun to implement significant reforms, such as
development of the noncommissioned officer cadre, in an
effort to rebuild the image of the military. Abu also
prioritized the conduct of internal security operations to
ensure the detection of potential security threats,
specifically attacks by the NPA and the MILF. We expect
Senga to continue both these efforts.

¶5. (C) Abu also was considered extremely loyal to President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and was instrumental in maintaining
the military’s neutrality in the recent political turmoil in
the RP. As she installed Senga in his new position, Arroyo
charged him with continuing AFP neutrality: “General Senga, I
expect you to keep the Armed Forces of the Philippines within
the Constitution, and do not allow any partisan quarters to
undermine the chain of command.” Senga, in subsequent
remarks upon assuming command, responded that he “joined
General Abu in defining the conduct of the AFP during the
trying times in the political life of our nation, and as the
new chief of staff of the AFP, I declare that the AFP
directive defining the conduct of the AFP issued last July 8
by General Abu (which asserted AFP neutrality in political
matters) shall remain in force and in effect.” We expect
Senga will indeed continue to try to keep the AFP out of
politics.

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