MANILA -- Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero was formally promoted to four-star rank Wednesday.

In the Philippine military, a four-star rank is equivalent to a full general, the highest position in the AFP.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Vice Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Melchor Mison Jr. donned Guerrero's fourth star during a ceremony held at the new Philippine Air Force Hall of Flags, Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Guerrero, who was appointed AFP chief last Oct. 26, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1984.

Prior to his appointment as AFP chief, he led the Eastern Mindanao Command, Capiz-based 3rd Infantry Division, 701st Infantry Brigade, and Task Force Davao.

He also served as chief-of-staff of the Philippine Army.

Guerrero has also been awarded the Distinguished Service Star four times; the Order of Lakandula (Degree of Commander); the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Officer); and the Honorary Airborne Wings from the Royal Thai Army. (PNA)