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Marcos Names New Defense Head as Military Quells Unrest Talk

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has named former vaccine czar and peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. as defense chief, days after he appointed a new military head as the armed forces stamped out talk of unrest among troops.

Galvez’s appointment followed the resignation of the Department of National Defense’s officer-in-charge Jose Faustino Jr., according to a statement from Marcos’s communications office which did not provide a reason.