Manuel Yan

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Manuel T. Yan, Sr.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
In office
Preceded byOscar Santos
Succeeded byTeresita Deles
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
In office
February 2, 1987 – October 15, 1987
Preceded bySalvador Laurel
Succeeded byRaul Manglapus
Chief of Staff
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
In office
PresidentFerdinand Marcos
Preceded bySegundo Velasco
Succeeded byRomeo Espino
Personal details
Manuel Tecson Yan

(1920-01-24)January 24, 1920
DiedDecember 4, 2008(2008-12-04) (aged 88)
Pasig City
Spouse(s)Amelia Yan, Eloisa Fernandez
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Army, Philippine Constabulary
Years of service1937–1972
RankGeneral General
CommandsChief 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.

Military life[edit]

PMA Cadet[edit]

Yan entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) after graduating in the Arellano High School in 1937 and became a part of the PMA Class of 1941.[1]

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.[2]

Military service[edit]

He joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1941. In 1942, he survived the Pantingan River Massacre, which took place during the Bataan Death March.[3]

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines[edit]

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[edit]

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.

In 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed him as the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process which he retained until the overthrown from presidency of Ramos' successor, Joseph Estrada.

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.[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[4]


Yan died on December 4, 2008 in a hospital in Pasig City.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Peace deal architect Manuel Yan dies".
  2. ^ "Gen. Manuel T. Yan, soldier of peace". Archived from the original on 2008-12-10.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Rico Yan".

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