Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr. (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.
Esperon on May 2017
|National Security Adviser|
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Cesar Garcia|
|36th Chief of Staff|
of the Armed Forces of The Philippines
July 2006 – May 2008
|President||Gloria Macapagal Arroyo|
|Preceded by||General Generoso S. Senga|
|Succeeded by||General Alexander B. Yano|
Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr.
9 February 1952
Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines
|Alma mater||Philippine Military Academy|
University of the Philippines
Philippine Christian University
|Years of service||1974-2008|
|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
Esperon's professional government experience includes:
- Presidential Management Staff, 2009-2010
- Office of The Presidential Adviser on The Peace Process (OPAPP), 2008
- Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of The Philippines (CSAFP), 2006-2008
- Commanding General, Philippine Army (CGPA), 2005-2006
- Special Operations Command (SOCOM), 2004-2005
- 7th Infantry Division, PA, (Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija), 2004
- Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (J3, AFP), 2003-2004
- Group Commander, Presidential Security Group (PSG), AFP, 2002-2003
- 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, PA (Basilan), 2001
- 602nd Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Division, PA (Carmen, Cotabato), 2000-2001
- Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G3, PA), 1999-2000
- Chief, Joint Operations Center (JOC), General Headquarters, AFP, 1998-1999
- Deputy Group Commander (PSG), AFP, 1996-1998.
- Commander Presidential Escorts (PSG), AFP, 1997-1998 Concurrent
- Task Group Commander, Task Force Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), 1996
- Chief of Intelligence Staff, Southern Command (SOUTHCOM, Currently WESTMINCOM), AFP (Zamboanga City), 1995-1996
- Deputy for Operations (G3, PA), 1993
- Battalion Commander, 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Agusan), 1991 -1993
- Commander, Counterintelligence Group, PA, 1990-1991
- Staff, Southern Command (SOUTHCOM, Currently WESTMINCOM), AFP (Zamboanga City), 1989-1990
- Intelligence Staff Chief, 7th Infantry Division, PA (Currently Northern Luzon Command - NoLCom, Camp Aquino, Tarlac), 1987-1989
- National Intelligence and Security Authority (Currently National Intelligence Coordinating Agency - NICA), 1977- 1982
- Commander, B Co., 36th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Basilan, Sulu, Zamboanga), 1975-1977
- Platoon Leader, B Co., 23rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Basilan, Sulu), 1974 -1975
- Cadet, Philippine Military Academy (PMA), 1970-1974
Education and trainingEdit
Esperon's education and training include:
- 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 recognitionEdit
Esperon's awards include:
- Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation
- Long Service Medal
- 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 Medal (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
- Military Commendation Medal
- Luzon Anti Dissidence Campaign Medal
- Visayas Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal
- Mindanao Anti-dissidence Campaign Medal
- Grand Military Awards conferred by the President of Indonesia
- Grand Military Awards conferred by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
- Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Operations Ribbon
- - Military Civic Action Medal
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.
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".
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"  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.
- Life Story: Jun Esperon.
- "Esperon to NSC; Bello to DOLE". Philippine Star. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Professional Experience Hermogenes "JUN" Esperon.
- Academic Credentials: Jun Esperon.
- Awards & Recognitions: Jun Esperon.
- Esperon defends his right to run for congress.
- Esperon defends his right to run for congress.
- gmanews.tv, THE PRESIDENT'S GENERAL.
- The Senate discarded the Hello Garci investigation for lack of merit (Please see Sixth paragraph) .
| National Security Adviser
|Order of precedence|
as Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations
| Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as National Security Adviser
as The Head of the Presidential Management Staff