Thursday, May 7, 2015

A hero’s burial for Gen. Vicente Piccio, Jr.

From the Philippine News Agency (May 7): A hero’s burial for Gen. Vicente Piccio, Jr.

The remains of the late Major General Vicente Mondejar Piccio, Jr., former Mayor of Belison, Antique, will be flown today, May 7, 2015 to Villamor Airbase in Pasay City and will be laid in state at the Villamor Airbase Chapel until his interment at noon on Sunday, May 9, at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

From his home in Belison town, Piccio’s remains will be brought to his hometown in Maasin for a short necrological service to be held at the Municipal Hall of Maasin to be led by the Municipal Government under the leadership of Mayor Mariano Malones.

Mayor Malones personally informed the Piccio family of his and the Municipal Government’s desire to give honor to the town’s first and only General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

After the necrological service, which is expected to last until after lunch, Piccio’s remains will be brought to Iloilo Airport and flown to Manila by a Philippine Air Force C-130 plane and will lay in state at the Villamor Airbase Mortuary for three days until Sunday.

General Piccio joined the Philippine Air Force Flying School after graduating from the University of San Agustin in 1951. He started as a Fighter Pilot based at Basa Airbase in Pampanga.

In 1971, he was promoted Squadron Commander and Commandant of the Air Force Officer’s School at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

In 1972, Piccio was promoted Assistant Chief of Air Force Staff (A3) for Operations, then in 1974 was again promoted to Wing Commander of the 410th Air Material Wing. In 1976 he was Wing commander of the 240th Composite Wing based at Sangley Point, Cavite City then in 1978 was promoted Division Commander of the 3rd Air Division at Andrews Air base in Zamboanga City.

In 1979, Piccio was promoted General then Brigadier General of the Philippine Air Force. The following year he was promoted Commanding General of the Aviation Security Command (AVSECOM).

In 1981, he was appointed Vice Commander of the Philippine Air Force at the same time AVSECOM chief. In April 4, 1982, he was promoted Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force and about a month later, May 2, 1982 during the Air Force Day Anniversary celebration, he was promoted on-the-spot by former President Ferdinand Marcos who personally handed to him his 2-Star Shoulder Board right at the Villamor Air Base grandstand.

He was Commanding General of the PAF until his retirement in February 1986.

In May 2007, General Piccio ran as Mayor of Belison town following his sons Vincent Piccio III and Christopher Piccio finished their three-year term limits. He, however, was not able to finish his three-year term because of health reasons. He resigned in January 2009.

Gen. Piccio joined his Creator last April 28, 2015 at the age of 88. He was survived by his wife Nena Hernandez Piccio, his children namely Provincial Board Member Vincent Piccio III, Elizabeth Piccio Castrence, Philip, Bernard, Robert, Christopher and Paul Anthony, son-in-law Dr. Arnie Castrence, daughters-in-law Bituin Rodriguez Piccio, Johanna Manaloto Piccio and Samantha Mary Carpenter Piccio and grandchildren Ian and Ariana Castrence, Paola, Bobby Jr., Robert Pio, Christopher Cresap and Alexandra Sophia.

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