Ex-AFP chief now Ambassador Yano gets Legion of Merit award from U.S.

May 15, 2010 11:02 pm 

MANILA, May 15 — Former Armed Forces chief and now Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam General Alexander B Yano received recognition from the President of the United States of America for his exceptionally meritorious service as Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Yano accepted the Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) award in a ceremony presided by the Charge D’ Affaires of the US Embassy Leslie A Basset at the US Embassy in Metro Manila on May 13, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres reported Saturday.

During his stint as AFP chief, Yano has been instrumental for the successful Philippines – US counter-insurgency operations against the Abu Sayyaf and the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist groups in the southern Philippines.

"These operations resulted in the capture of several dozen terrorist leaders, destruction of important terrorist bases and networks, and a significant decrease in terrorist threat to the Philippines and the United States," said Torres.

Torres said Yano was a visionary leader in the implementation of the US-supported Coast Watch South maritime security program oriented toward securing the porous maritime region bounded by Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines from terrorism and transnational crimes.

Yano also ensured the execution of a vigorous bilateral training exercise program that included the Joint Staff-sponsored "Balikatan" exercise and the major Maritime Expeditionary Unit Exercise Talon Vision/Phiblex.

"These accomplishments and many others made general Yano worthy of recognition," said Torres.

In his acceptance speech, Yano dedicated the award to the whole AFP who equally deserves such credit for the successes achieved by the military during his tenure as AFP chief.

With him were his wife Mrs. Estela Yano, his brother, Brig. Gen. Cesar Yano, and close family members

Yano served as AFP chief for one year until May last year. His positions before that was Army chief. His other assignments included being the commander of the military's Southern Luzon Command, head the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, and Army chief of staff, among others.(PNA) V3/VR

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