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Commander Antonio Alexis A. Manuel, Jr.
Commander Antonio Alexis A. Manuel, Jr. of the Philippine Navy GSC (General Staff College) is the Executive Assistant to the Commandant/Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and the C2/ Chief for the International Military Students Office.
He has achieved a colorful career in the Marines having served entirely in combat zone during the peak of secession movement. His combat service earned him spot promotions that within 7 years he was promoted to Technical Sergeant and was twice awarded as Marine of the Year Badge.
In the course of his career, he underwent and excelled in various military and training courses, local and foreign, including the Psyops Officers Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Braggs, USA. He is likewise a recipient of numerous military medals, ribbons, honors and civilian awards—a six-time recipient of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran award and a four-time recipient Gold Cross Medal for Gallantry in Action.
He headed the Urban Search and Rescue exercises dubbed as “Balikatan Exercises” in Cebu and commanded his team during the search and rescue operations in Tacloban City after being ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda.
He is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations G3, Special Operations Command Philippine Army, and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of Hinirang Class of 1987.
He was the Commander of 10th Philippine Contingent to UN under the Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) in Haiti after it was struck by an earthquake in 2009. He was also the Commanding Officer of the 85th Infantry Battalion, who was instrumental in the suppression of the insurgency in Leyte province.
He took his various military & civilian specialization and career courses both here and abroad. He is a recipient of numerous military and civilian awards and commendations for his notable performance in the service. He is a recipient of the prestigious The Outstanding Philippine Soldier (TOPS) award in 2009 by Metrobank Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro. This was followed by the most covetous Presidential Lingkod Bayan award in 2010 by the Civil Service Commission. And in early 2014, he was conferred the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES) again by Metrobank Foundation.
For Col. Dagoy, “discipline and diligence to our duties and responsibilities are moral virtues that are essential to every public servant.”
Brigadier General Apolinario Y. Alobba AFP currently serves as the 4TH Commander of the Joint Task Force, National Capital Region (JTFNCR). He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982.
He is a seasoned combat officer who began his military profession as Platoon Leader of Bravo Company, 1st Composite Infantry Battalion, the Maneuver Battalion of Southern Luzon Command, AFP. His colorful military career has led him to numerous tours of duty, important assignments, and in-depth understanding about intelligence tradecrafts and strategic concerns of other countries.
In his 32 meritorious years of Commissioned Service in the AFP, he has earned various awards (including the Distinguished Service Star Medals), ribbons, honors, plaques, and badges. Significantly, he has also received recognitions from local chief executives for his contribution in promoting peace and security in areas where he was formerly assigned.
Zak’s relationship with journalism began at an early age and continues to this day. He started as a young reporter for the award-winning TV show 5 and Up, which taught him that a journalist’s first instinct is curiosity. At Rappler, Zak is the head of Citizen Journalism at MovePH.
He has a masters degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore and a BA in political science from UP Diliman. Through MovePH, he wants to fuse public policy, development, and journalism to make sense of age-old problems, and find innovative solutions.
Prior to working at Rappler, Zak was a policy wonk at the Presidential Management Staff where he distilled policy papers for the President’s consumption. He was also an associate producer for the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
Offline, Zak is the QC Chapter President of CISV, a international volunteer youth organization that promotes peace education in more than 60 countries. He loves to travel but prefers the Philippines any day.