Manuel T. Yan, Sr.
|Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process|
|Preceded by||Oscar Santos|
|Succeeded by||Teresita Deles|
|Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines|
February 2, 1987 – October 15, 1987
|Preceded by||Salvador Laurel|
|Succeeded by||Raul Manglapus|
|Chief of Staff|
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
|Preceded by||Segundo Velasco|
|Succeeded by||Romeo Espino|
Manuel Tecson Yan
January 24, 1920
|Died||December 4, 2008 (aged 88)|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Yan, Eloisa Fernandez|
|Branch/service||Philippine Army, Philippine Constabulary|
|Years of service||1937–1972|
|Commands||Chief of Staff,|
Armed Forces of the Philippines
Chief of the Philippine constabulary
Manuel Tecson Yan, Sr. (January 24, 1920 – December 4, 2008) was a Cabinet Secretary of the Aquino, Ramos and Estrada administrations, World War II veteran and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 1968 until 1972. He holds the singular Philippine Government Record of continuous longest serving public Officer from April 1937 to January 2001 or a total 63 years and 9 months spanning twelve Philippine Presidents.
On graduation day, Manuel Yan received the Presidential Sabre. This is a symbol of superiority in both academic work and military training, from Vice President Sergio Osmeña, the commencement speaker. In finishing at the top of his class, Manuel Yan became one of the few to accomplish this feat as a high school graduate. Many young boys who join the PMA do so after one, two or even three years of college work.
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
After serving as the Chief of the Philippine Constabulary, Yan was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In the AFP's history, Yan (at the age of 48) was the youngest military personnel who held this position. However, Yan resigned his post in 1972 because he did not want to be involved with the implementation of martial law.
Post military service
He served the foreign service from 1972 to 1992 in various capacities as first Ambassador to Thailand up to 1981, then Ambassador to Indonesia up to 1987. After the resignation of Secretary of Foreign Affairs Salvador Laurel, he was nominated as Secretary of Foreign Affairs from February to October 1987. After which he served as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs up to 1990 and finally as Ambassador to the United Kingdom up to 1992.
From 1992 - 1994, he was appointed GRP chairman negotiating with Moro rebels.
Among his notable achievements as the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process was engineering a peace pact with the Moro National Liberation Front, which signed the agreement with government in 1996 known as the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.
He was awarded on February 2008 an honorary degree by De La Salle university Manila, a degree of Doctorate of humanities honoris causa for being the longest serving government official serving eleven presidents from Manuel Quezon to Joseph Estrada. he served 63 continuous years from 1937 to 2001 a record which has not been broken to this date.
Yan was married to Amelia Acab (deceased) and remarried Eloisa Fernandez. His children are : Manuel Jr., Bev, Roby, Sita, Egay, Mawie, Leo, Mina, Joy, Raul and Lou. He is the grandfather of the late actor and matinee idol Rico Yan (1975-2002) and TV host and former San Juan councilor Bobby Yan.
- "Peace deal architect Manuel Yan dies".
- "Gen. Manuel T. Yan, soldier of peace". Archived from the original on 2008-12-10.
- Mariano Villarin, We remember Bataan and Corregidor: the story of the American & Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and their captivity (Gateway Press, 1990), 176.
- "Rico Yan".