Lieutenant General Emmanuel T. Bautista has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), effective January 20, 2013, replacing General Jessie D. Dellosa, who is set to retire. The change of command ceremony will be held on January 17, 2013.
Lieutenant General Bautista assumed post as the 54th Commanding General of the Philippine Army (PA) on November 9, 2011. He was previously the Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, a major Army unit based in Western Visayas.
He assumed different positions in the service. He was the Commander of the 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, PA, from January 1997 to September 1998; Chief of Staff of the 7th Infantry Division, PA, from July to November 2004; Chief of Staff of the Special Operations Command, PA, from November 2004 to August 2005; Secretary Army General Staff from August 2005 to January 2006; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, Philippine Army from January to August 2006; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense from August 2006 to August 2007; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, J5, AFP, from August 2007 to February 2008; Commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade, 7ID, PA from February 2008 to July 2009; and The Internal Auditor, AFP, from July 2009 to July 2010.
Lieutenant General Bautista was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, Armed Forces of the Philippines in July 2010. He led the formulation of the AFP’s new campaign plan, the Internal Peace and Security Plan, “Bayanihan,” anchored on streamlined approaches to winning the peace.
Lieutenant General Bautista is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, DIMALUPIG class of 1981. In 1985, he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, among other pertinent academic credentials obtained from various institutions here and abroad during his career.
Lieutenant General Bautista is a recipient of several military and civilian distinctions, seven of which are combat decorations. His military awards include five Distinguished Service Stars, a Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action, and a Bronze Cross Medal for bravery. He also received three Outstanding Achievement Medals, 29 Military Merit Medals (five of which were earned from combat duties) several Military Commendation Medals and various military campaign medals and ribbons. He also earned a number of recognitions from local government officials during his various field tours of duty and national civilian agencies with which the units he commanded worked together in pursuit of peace and national development goals.