Hermogenes Esperon

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In this Philippine name. The middle name or maternal family name is Cendaña and the surname or paternal family name is Esperon.
Hermogenes Esperon
National Security Adviser
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte
Preceded by Cesar Garcia
36th Chief of Staff
of the Armed Forces of The Philippines
In office
July 2006 – May 2008
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded by General Generoso S. Senga
Succeeded by General Alexander B. Yano
Personal details
Born Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr.
(1952-02-09) 9 February 1952 (age 65)
Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Philippine Military Academy
University of the Philippines
Philippine Christian University
Military service
Allegiance Philippine flag Philippines
Service/branch Philippine Army
Years of service 1974-2008
Rank General General
Commands Chief of Staff,
Armed Forces of the Philippines

Commanding General, Philippine Army
Special Operations Command, PA
7th Infantry Division, PA
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, AFP
Presidential Security Group, AFP
103rd Infantry Brigade, 1ID, PA
602nd Infantry Brigade, 6ID, PA

General Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon, Jr.[1] (Philippine Military Academy "Marangal" Class of 1974) retired Filipino Chief of Staff, the highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). After retiring from military service, he was appointed a member of the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, initially as the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

On May 23, 2016, it was announced that Esperon will be joining the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte as National Security Adviser.[2]

Professional experience[edit]

Esperon's professional government experience includes:[3]

Education and training[edit]

Esperon's education and training include:[4]

  • Philippine Science High School, "Pisay Dos" Class of 1970
  • Philippine Military Academy "Marangal" Class, 1974
  • Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course, Philippine Army, 1973
  • Infantry Officer Basic Course, 1974
  • Intelligence Officer Basic Course, ISAFP, 1976
  • Integrated Service Attache Course, DFA, 1981
  • Master's in Business Administration, University of the Philippines, 1981-1982 (DNF)
  • Infantry Officer Advance Course, 1986
  • Master's in Management, Philippine Christian University, 1995
  • Joint Services Command and General Staff Course, AFP, 1996

Awards and recognition[edit]

Esperon's awards include:[5]

  • Order of Lakandula Grand Cross (Bayani) President of the Philippines, 2010
  • Presidential Award of the Yudha Dharma, Republic of Indonesia, 2009
  • King's Award of Malaysia, 2007
  • Lagablab Award, Philippine Science High School, 2001
  • Presidential Medal of Merit, 1998
  • PMA Cavalier Award (as outstanding alumnus of the Philippine Military Academy)
  • Eleven (11) Distinguished Service Star
  • Four (4) Philippine Legion of Honor
  • Two (2) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAM)
  • Four (4) Gold Cross Medals
  • Five (5) Bronze Cross Medals
  • Three (3) Command Plaque
  • Gawad sa Kaunlaran Award
  • Three Outstanding Service Awards
  • Plaque of Merit
  • Grand Military Awards conferred by the President of Indonesia
  • Grand Military Awards conferred by the King of Malaysia

Present Affiliations[edit]

Political career[edit]

Esperon ran for a position as Congressman in the 6th District of Pangasinan in the past May 2010 elections but lost.


Irked by Partylist Representatives Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza's opposition to his bid to seek a congressional seat in the May polls, outgoing Presidential Management Staff Chief Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., demanded that the two lawmakers, who are also seeking seats in the Senate, to come clean about their links with the underground Left.[6]

Esperon said he was "proud of his achievements as a former Armed Forces’ chief of staff, especially in the government's fight against the communist insurgency".[7]

As the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, J3 at General Headquarters, AFP; Esperon was implicated during the 2004 alleged election fraud. He was mentioned in taped conversations called the "Garci Tapes" [8] to have worked for the relief of a Brigade Commander in Lanao who was not sympathetic to then Presidential Candidate Macapagal-Arroyo. However, his involvement has not been proven.[9]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Cesar Garcia
National Security Adviser
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Martin Andanar
as Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as National Security Adviser
Succeeded by
Christopher Go
as The Head of the Presidential Management Staff