Hermogenes Esperon

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.

Hermogenes Esperon
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Esperon on May 2017
National Security Adviser
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byCesar Garcia
36th Chief of Staff
of the Armed Forces of The Philippines
In office
July 2006 – May 2008
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byGeneral Generoso S. Senga
Succeeded byGeneral Alexander B. Yano
Personal details
Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr.

(1952-02-09) 9 February 1952 (age 68)
Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines
Alma materPhilippine Military Academy
University of the Philippines
Philippine Christian University
Military service
AllegiancePhilippine flag Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Army
Years of service1974-2008
RankGeneral General
CommandsChief 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

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

Professional experienceEdit

Esperon's professional government experience includes:[3]

Education and trainingEdit

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 recognitionEdit

Esperon's awards include:[5]

Present affiliationsEdit

Political careerEdit

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]


  1. ^ Life Story: Jun Esperon.
  2. ^ "Esperon to NSC; Bello to DOLE". Philippine Star. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ Professional Experience Hermogenes "JUN" Esperon.
  4. ^ Academic Credentials: Jun Esperon.
  5. ^ Awards & Recognitions: Jun Esperon.
  6. ^ Esperon defends his right to run for congress.
  7. ^ Esperon defends his right to run for congress.
  8. ^ gmanews.tv, THE PRESIDENT'S GENERAL.
  9. ^ The Senate discarded the Hello Garci investigation for lack of merit (Please see Sixth paragraph) .

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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
Charmalou Aldevera
as The Head of the Presidential Management Staff