Honduras Will Respect the Armed Forces When It Is Time for Military Promotions

By Dialogo
December 02, 2010

Honduran executive-branch authorities have affirmed that they have not
influenced the promotions that have been requested from the National Congress, since
they are based solely on the provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

“Definitively, the laws are always respected; we’re not going to violate any
laws,” Defense Minister Marlon Pascua said when asked about the controversy
surrounding the subject, which has provoked criticism from various sectors in the

The list of military officers who will be promoted on 11 December was
submitted to the legislative branch on Monday and includes members of the
seventeenth promotion class.

“It’s a list that’s sent every year; this is the time of year when promotions
take place and when the training processes for those members of the Armed Forces who
are going to move up have come to an end,” the minister indicated. He said that he
did not know what the budgetary impact of the newly promoted officers will be, since
this is “a normal vegetative increase.”

In the same context, he asked those who oppose these promotions, if they have
knowledge that they include members of the Committee of Commanders involved in the
political events of 28 June 2009, to make this known to the Secretariat of Defense

Notable names on the list of aspirants to move up to the next higher rank
include Brig. Gen. Luis Javier Prince, currently inspector-general of the Armed
Forces, who would be promoted to major general. Likewise, the current commandant of
the Honduran Air Force, Col. Marco Vitelio Castillo, would become a brigadier
general, and Brig. Gen. René Osorio Canales, the commandant of the Presidential
Honor Guard, would become a major general.

Also, the current commandant of the Army, Gen. Carlos Alberto Espinoza
Urquía, who is one of the leading candidates to succeed the current chair of the
joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Carlos Cuellar, would become a major