Lieutenant General Eduardo M Año was named Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during ceremonies held on December 7, 2016, in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Lieutenant General Año succeeded General Ricardo R Visaya, who is set to relinquish his post as he reaches the mandatory age of retirement.
Lieutenant General Año was commissioned on March 11, 1983, after having graduated from the Philippine Military Academy that year.
Año, one of the youngest in his batch, is the 3rd among the classmates to become AFP chief. The first was General Hernando Iriberri.
As part of his continued education, he took the Israel Counter Terrorism Center (2002) and the International Officer Intelligence Course at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona with a perfect rating of 100% (1993). He is also a graduate of the Scout Ranger Course.
Año was credited for scoring some of the biggest arrests of communist leaders including the once elusive Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon; The neutralization of President Duterte’s known friend, the Davao-based New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao alias Kumander Parago, who was killed in a military encounter in June 2015. He also led the hunt for retired Major General Jovito Palparan, who is accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
Prior to his appointment as Commanding General of the Philippine Army in July 2015, he commanded the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, and, before that, was Brigade Commander of the 201st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
The Lieutenant General also served as Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and, before that Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.