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Hermogenes Edejer Ebdane, Jr

January 31, 2007 10:23am

  • Birthdate: December 30, 1948
  • Birthplace: Candelaria, Zambales
  • Spouse: Alma Cabanayan

  • Garci general. A "Gen. Ebdane" was mentioned in the Hello Garci recording on June 5, 2004. In the conversation, the man believed to be Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano mentioned that it was Ebdane who instructed a "Gen. Lomibao" to go to "Languyan", a municipality in Tawi-Tawi province. Ebdane was chief of the Philippine National Police at the time of the 2004 elections.

  • Garci's guardian? Ebdane was also tagged as the one who provided security for Garcillano when the latter went into hiding in June 2005 after the "Hello Garci" tapes surfaced. Ebdane later admitted providing a vehicle to Garcillano, but insisted that was only when the controversial poll official was still with the Comelec.

  • Alleged operator. In August 2006, self-confessed "fraud operator" Arsenio Rasanan and a Comelec staff employee identified as Clinton John Colcol alleged that Ebdane and regional poll officials orchestrated the rigging of the May 2004 election results. The two claimed in separate affidavits that they were part of a conspiracy to switch election returns at the House of Representatives.


  • BS Civil Engineering, Luzon Colleges, Pangasinan
  • Bachelor of Science, Philippine Military Academy (1970)
  • Masters Degree in Criminology, Philippine College of Criminology
  • Doctorate in Peace and Security Administration, Bicol University
  • senior-level courses and trainings
    • Command and General Staff Course, US Army Command and General Staff College
    • Incident Management Training, US Counter-Terrorist Training Group
    • Senior Crisis Management Course sponsored by the US State Department
    • Senior Police Officers course, Singapore Police Academy
    • Senior Police Executive Course, International Law Enforcement Academy in Thailand
    • Basic and Advance Intelligence Courses, National Intelligence Training Center and the Special Intelligence Training School

  • Secretary, Department of National Defense (February 1, 2007-present)
  • Secretary, Department of Public Works and Highways (February 2005-January 2007)
  • National Security Adviser (August 2004-February 2005)
    • Director General of the National Security Council
    • Vice-Chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force
    • National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator
  • Chief, Philippine National Police (July 2002-August 2004)
  • Deputy Chief for Administration, Philippine National Police (February 2001-July
  • Director, Human Resource and Doctrine Development, Philippine National Police (December 1999-February 2001)
  • Chief, National Anti-Kidnapping Task Force or NAKTAF (2001)
  • Regional Director, National Capital Region Police Office (1996-1998)
  • Director of the Western Police District (1993-1996)
  • Commanding Officer of the PC Special Action Force (1989-1991)
  • Commander, Presidential Guard Battalion
  • Provincial Commander, Nueva Ecija Constabulary Command (1982-1986)

  • Distinguished Conduct Star
  • Philippine Legion of Honor
  • two Distinguished Service Stars
  • PNP Distinguished Service Medal
  • Medalya ng Katangi-tanging Gawa
  • Bronze Cross Medal
  • Military Merit Medals
  • PMA Cavalier Award for Leadership and Command Administration
  • Master Parachutist Badge
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