REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE
KAGAWARAN NG TANGGULANG PAMBANSA



22nd Secretary of National Defense

October 3, 2003

Former Positions in Military/Defense establishment and in the Executive Department:

  • Former Positions in Military/Defense establishment and in the Executive Department:
  • Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Appointed on January 25, 2001)
  • Chairman, Government Peace Negotiating Panel in Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Appointed on June 11,2003)
  • Acting Secretary of National Defense, 2001
  • Provincial Chairman, LAKAS-NUCD for Province of Batangas, 1992-present
  • Regional Chairman, LAKAS-NUCD, Region IV, 1992-present
  • Chairman, Inter-Agency Committee for the Relief, Rehabilitation and Development of Mindanao (INTERACT-Mindanao), 2001
  • President, Republic of the Philippines Golf Association (RPGA), 1994-2000
  • Vice Chairman, Government Peace Panel Negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front, 1992-1996
  • Member, National Unification Commission, 1993-1994
  • Undersecretary, Department of National Defense, 1998-1992
  • Vice Chief of Staff, armed Forces of the Philippines, 1988
  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, 1986-1988
  • Commanding General, Civil Relations Service, AFP, 1985-1986
  • Senior Military Assistant, Office of the Undersecretary of National Defense, 1976-1985

IMPORTANT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS THREEE-TERM CONGRESSMAN REPRESENTING THE FIRST DISTRICT OF BATANGAS DURING THE 9TH, 10TH & 11TH CONGRESS  (1992-2001)

     A.  Leadership in Legislative Committees

  • Chairman, Special Committee on the Peace Progress and integration, 10th Congress (1995-1998)
  • Senior Vice Chairman, Committee on National Defense, 9thCongress & 10th Congress, (1992-1998)

     B.  Membership in Legislative Committees in the 9th, 10th, & 11thCongress 1992-2001)

  • Committee on Agriculture
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on Health
  • Committee on Youth and Sports
  • Committee on Public Order and Security
  • Committee on Local Government Committee on Games and Amusement
  • Committee on Public Works and Highways
  • Oversight Committee on Bases Conversion
  • Special Committee on Law Enforcement

     C.  MAJOR Bills and Resolutions Authored and Sponsored on the Floor

  • Repeal of the Anti-Subversion Law (RA 1700)
  • Grant of Amnesty under five (5) Presidential Proclamations (10, 10-A, 347,348 and 723), covering leftist insurgents, military rebels, and Southern Philippines secessionist rebels, as well as soldiers and policemen involved in counterinsurgency
  • Adjustment of the rank of General and Flag Officers in the AFP
  • Creation of two (2) additional ranks for Master-Sergeant in the AFP
  • AFP Modernization Act
  • Joint Resolutions approving the AFP Modernization Program

IMPORTANT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

  • The AFP Chief of Staff during the series of coup attempts from 1986 to 1988, and Undersecretary of National Defense during the last major coup attempts in December 1989 Head of the Special Information group during the EDSA I “People Power” Revolution in February 1986 President, Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Handled the program for the reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation of rebel returnees in the DND, 1976-1984, 1988-1992, as Senior Military Assistant to the USND (1976 to 1985)
  • A pioneer in the organization and management of the Civil-Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 1970-1985, and eventually serving as the CRS’ Commanding General in 1985-1986, before and during the EDSA I “People Power” Revolution. The CRS remains as major AFP unit, which establishes and maintains coordinative linkages with civilian communities and conducts psychological operations activities. It continues to be a significant pillar in the AFP’s overall counterinsurgency campaign, and in the AFP’s role in socio-economic development programs.
  • Organized the Civil Affairs Office of the Metropolitan Command (Metrocom)in Metro Manila, Philippine Constabulary, 1968-1970
  • Served in the Vietnam War as Head, Special Civic Action Team, PHILCAG, 1966-1968
  • Served as Instructor at the Philippine Military Academy School Center, 1961-1962
  • Participated in the Anti-Hukbalahap Campaign (4th BCT) as a young lieutenant in the Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Provice, 1957-1959

IMPORTANT MILESTONES IN RELATION TO GOVERNMENT’S PEACE EFFORTS IN SOUTHER PHILIPPINES

  • Played a vital role in the surrender of major MNLF commanders in the Southern Philippines, as follows:
    1. Commander Ronnie of Cotabato Province
    2. Commander Abulkhair Alonto, MNLF Vice Chairman
    3. Commander Dimas Pundato, MNLF-Reformist Group Chairman
    4. Commander Gerry Salapuddin of Basilan (Now Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, House of Representatives)
    5. Commander Nur Khan of Davao Province
    6. Commander Alawi of Amboanga Peninsula
  • Headed the Technical Staff of the GRP Panel, which negotiated with the Moro National Liberation Front in Tripoli, Libya in 1976 while serving as Senior Military Assistant to former Defense Undersecretary Carmelo Barbero, the Chairman of the GRP Peace Panel.
  • Served as the Vice-Chairman of the Government Peace Panel, which negotiated with the MNLF, 1992-1996. Said talks resulted in the signing of the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement in Manila in 1996.

IMPORTANT MILITARY SCHOOLING

  • Defense Resource Management Course, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, USA, 1978-1979
  • Command and General Staff Course, Kennedy Center, Fort Bragg, North California, USA, 1970-1971
  • Special Forces Course, Fort Magsaysay, 1962-1963
  • Counterintelligence Course, Special Intelligence School, Fort Bonifacio, Mar-Jun 1962
  • Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, Feb-Apr 1961

Ranger School, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, Sep 1960- Jan 1961