Andres Bonifacio College

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by admin on 11 30th, 2010
 Gen. Yano to keynote ABCollege’s 70th Foundation Day celebration

Gen. Yano to keynote ABCollege’s 70th Foundation Day celebration

NOVEMBER 30-General Alexander Badong Yano, former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and former Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, will keynote the commemoration program of the 70th Andres Bonifacio College Foundation Day celebration. He will speak on the theme “Curbing Corruption: Every Citizen’s Responsibility” at the ABCollege Green.

After his speech, the general together with his mother, Mrs. Gloria B. Yano, will grace the dedication of the Atty. Pablo B. Badong Memorial Law Collection at the Mezzanine of the Graduate and Professional  Schools Building. The late Pablo Badong, a graduate of ABC High School Batch 1953, is the general’s uncle. His law books and legal references will be entrusted to the Andres Bonifacio College Library  for the benefit of the College’s School of Law.

After the book entrustment rites, General Yano will also attend the Grand Luncheon of this year’s Alumni Homecoming at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center. His mother, an alumna of ABCollege’s School of Education,  is the Homecoming’s guest of honor and speaker. She will be celebrating her birthday as well  in the said gathering.

A native of Sindangan, this province, General Yano was a consistent honor student during his elementary and high school days. He went to the  Cebu Institute of Technology initially taking civil engineering before his admission to the Philippine Military Academy. While at the military school, he became the  Regimental Adjutant of the PMA Cadet Corps, a highly-coveted position which recognized his early leadership potentials. He graduated in 1976 as a member of the PMA Magilas class.

After graduation , Yano was commissioned and called to active duty with the Philippine Army. He spent his early years in the military service mostly in combat assignments in Northern and Central Luzon and the provinces of Samar during the height of the CPP-NPA rebellion in the 70’s and 80’s.

Yano hugged the limelight when as Task Force Zamboanga Chief, he acted as overall ground tactical commander during the infamous Cabatangan crisis in 2001 that led to the successful release of over a hundred hostages. Eventually, the task force liberated the Cabatangan Complex in Zamboanga City from over 300 fully armed MNLF Breakaway Group.

After his tour of  duty in Zamboanga, he was handpicked by then Southern Command Chief, General Roy Cimatu to command the 601st Army Brigade in SOCSARGEN at the height of the  terrorist bombing that occurred in the city.

Yano became the first in his class to earn a first star rank as brigade commander in 2003. In 2005, he earned his second star as Major General. He served as the commanding general of the Philippine Army until his appointment as Chief of Staff in 2008 by President Gloria Arroyo replacing Gen. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr.

Yano is the first AFP chief of staff to hail from Mindanao. He married Estela Aragon with whom he was blessed with son, Ervin Andrew. He is the older brother of Brigadier Gen. Cesar Yano, the country’s Defense and Armed Forces Attache to the United States. Upon his retirement as AFP’s top official, he was appointed by GMA as Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, a position he held until the  early quarter of 2010.-PADM

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