A MILITARY general was re-assigned to a lower post after blatantly hitting some high-ranking officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for politicking during the May 2010 elections.

National Capital Command (NCRCom) chief Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue appeared to have been demoted after being designated as the new commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

The Navy post is a two-star position, while his NCRCom assignment is a three-star post.

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Angue, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1978, which included former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as an honorary member, will succeed Rear Admiral Alex Pama of the PMA class '79.

Last week, Angue asked the Truth Commission to investigate some senior military officers whom he said took side in the recent polls as they are now reaping the fruits of their politicking by getting assigned to key positions.

Angue, who also witnessed efforts to rig the results of the 2004 presidential elections the commission is looking into, said there is an ongoing discontent in the assignment of officers.

He warned that discontent in the promotion gave rise to the Reform of the Armed Forces Movement during the Marcos dictatorship.

But AFP spokesman Jose Mabanta clarified that Angue was not demoted.

"There is no demotion on the case of admiral Angue. On the first place, there is still no recommendation for his promotion. It's a lateral movement," he said.

Nevertheless, he admitted that the table of organization rank for NCRCom commander is three-star while the Naval Forces Western Mindanao is a two-star post.

On whether Angue was demoted for his statements for the past weeks, Mabanta said: "It is not form of punishment. We are putting the right man on the right job, his skills as a naval officer will be used in the naval forces in Western Mindanao." (VR/Sunnex)