Air Force chief contender may take over Wescom

Posted at 08/03/14 7:21 PM

MANILA - A top official of the Philippine Air Force may take over Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda’s reins at the Western Philippine Command, which protects the country’s interests in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

A source said Maj. Gen. Nicanor Vivar, a two-star general, may get one of the most sensitive posts in the military hierarchy.

"General Vivar was recommended by the board but we don’t know if this was approved already… Nothing is definite until the orders are out," the source said.

Vivar was among the several officers considered by the Armed Forces leadership to become Air Force chief.

Vivar, the current commander of the 3rd Air Division in Zamboanga City, was former assistant chief of air staff for operations and assistant PMA superintendent.

Many are also singing his praises. Another military official said he is “well-schooled, very smart. He is very able, he is really qualified for the job.”

Vivar, also a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982, was “one of the first to fly the S-211 way back when they arrived (in the 1990s). He is one of the early instructor pilots.”

The officials said Vivar’s credentials can be compared to Deveraturda, a known attack pilot and instructor.

Deveraturda will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Thursday.