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PGMA promotes younger Yano to general

Dipolog City (16 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved recently the promotion of new generals in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

One of those promoted is Cesar B. Yano, younger brother of former AFP chief of staff and now Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Alexander B. Yano.

The younger Yano earned his first star as Brigadier General effective January 16, 2010. He spent his elementary and high school years in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Cesar finished his high school at Saint Joseph College in 1973. He then took up an engineering course at Colegio de San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City for three years prior to entering the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1976.

He graduated from the PMA in 1980 and immediately joined the Philippine Army as second lieutenant.

Cesar had his "baptism of fire" as platoon leader and eventually as company commander in Sulu during the height of the secessionist problem in Mindanao.

He last served as commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade based in Tanjay, Negros Oriental whose operational jurisdiction covers the southern parts of Negros Island and Siquijor province.

As a brigade commander, he was credited with substantially degrading the communist terrorist movement and improving the peace and security situation in the area.

Upon his promotion, Cesar was reassigned to Camp Aguinaldo as chief of the Office for Legislative Affairs. As such, he serves as AFP's chief liaison to both houses of Congress.

Col. Manuel Ochotorena, also from Dipolog City, took over his place at the 302nd Birgade.

With his recent promotion as general, he became the second son of the province to earn the much-coveted general rank in the AFP, next only to his brother, Alexander who retired as four-star general.

In the Philippine National Police, however, four sons of Zamboanga del Norte earned the rank of chief superintendent. The last to be promoted as chief superintendent was Jufel Adriatico of this city and is presently active in the service. (MO/PIA-ZN) [top]

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