FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army honors five senior officers who will compulsorily retire from the military service this July in a traditional testimonial review held at the ROTC Hunters Guerilla/Parade Ground, on Jun. 24.
Brigadier Generals Apolinario Y. Aloba, Commander of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF NCR); Joel D. Celino, the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, OJ1; Librado B. Moog, Chief, Armed Forces of the Philippines Pension and Gratuity Management Center (AFPPGMC); Marcial O. Constante Jr., the AFP Provost Marshall General; and Frederick Evans L. Ramos, Chief, Office of the Legislative Affairs (OLA), AFP will all retire from the service upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 in July.
Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año, together with his staff, other HPA-based officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees, attended the said event to pay respect for the retirees’ faithful and honorable services to the nation.
Aloba, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1982 rendered 38 years and 2 months in the military service. Prior to his current designation, he was the Chief of Staff of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division (1ID) and later became the Commander of 101st Brigade, 1ID in Mindanao. As the JTF NCR Commander, he took charge the security aspect and orchestrated all security operations during the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines and the recent national elections.
Celino and Moog are both members of the PMA Class 1983. They both rendered 37 years and 2 months in the military service.
Celino spent almost of his military career in the Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM), particularly in the Special Forces Regiment. He also became head of the Military History Center, AFP Command and General Staff College.
Moog, on the other hand, spent almost of his career in the intelligence service. He held various positions in the Intelligence Service, AFP. He also became Chief of Staff of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division before he was designated as Chief, AFPPGMC.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gens. Constante and Ramos are both members of the PMA Class 1984. They both rendered more than 36 years in the military service.
As the AFP Provost Marshall General, Constante facilitated the resolution of 395 cases including violations of anti-violence against women and children; abuse of authority; serious physical injuries; and violations of different articles of wars for grave misconduct in relation to attempted murder.
Ramos, on the other hand, is a recipient of foreign military awards, one of which is the Malaysian Military Valor Award. The award was given to him by the King of Malaysia for his outstanding efforts in preventing a major conflict between the Philippines and Malaysia after the invasion of Lahad Datu in Sabah by the Kiram Forces of Sulu. He also ensured the safety of the Filipino people affected by the said violent acts in Eastern Malaysian region of Sabah and Sarawak.
As Chief OLA, Ramos diligently coordinated and supervised the AFP’s legislative agenda in both the Congress and the Senate. He was facilitated the successful passing of the Joint Resolution Nr 5, regarding the increase of subsistence allowance for the uniformed personnel. Significantly, Ramos also ensured the confirmation of at least 231 Army Senior Officers by the Commission on Appointments.
The retirees expressed their gratitude to the Philippine Army for the honors bestowed upon them.
In their speeches, they said that they are happy to be spending more time with their families after their retirement.
“Pinahiram lang ako ng nanay ko sa Philippine Army for 36 years. Ngayon babalik na ako sa kanya,” said Brig. Gen. Constante, while rendering his last salute to the Army troopers who attended the event.
“I am looking forward to waking up late, no more stressful days and fatigue, and to be with my family seven days a week,” said Brig. Gen. Aloba.
They also shared anecdotes about their cadet lives in PMA, and how they were honed to be good soldiers; reminisced their years in the field as young lieutenants; and looked back on their colorful military careers.
“During my cadet life, I was molded to become loyal to my family and to our countrymen,” said Brig. Gen. Constante. “I also learned the importance of discipline in the military service”.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Año bid adieu to the retirees who have made their own mark in their respective tour of duties.
“It is, indeed, an honor to acknowledge the service of soldiers who have fought a good fight, whose legacy of service to the nation inspires us to strive, for the same brand of excellence in our respective duties and responsibilities,” said Año.
The Army commander also encouraged the men and women in uniform to continue to contribute in the transformation initiatives of the Army just as the honorees are.
“You are the major contributors to our goals and mission of realizing a long-lasting peace and in eliminating insurgency,” Año added.