GEN. BENJAMIN MADRIGAL
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
General Benjamin Rasgo Madrigal Jr or “Benjie” is the 51st Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
He joined the service as a PMA Cadet in 1981 and eventually graduated as a member of the PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He consistently excelled his local and international trainings and schoolings. He graduated Number 1 in the AFP Command and General Staff Course; in the Infantry Officer Advance Course and in the Special Security and Intelligence Course. He is also a graduate of the Forward Observer Course in Manly, Australia and the Military and Peacekeeping Operations in Accordance with the Rule of Law in New Port, Rhode Island, USA.
General Madrigal climbed up the ladder of leadership in the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Prior to his designation in the highest military position in the country, he was the Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command. His designation at this command marked the unprecedented decline of insurgency in Davao Region and the boost in socio-economic activities in the region. Preceding his stint at Eastern Mindanao Command, General Madrigal was the Commander of the 4th Infantry Division. Under his command, the division became the first army major unit to have reached the Institutionalized Status (with gold trailblazer award) in the implementation of the Performance Governance System in line with the Army Transformation Program. It was also during his leadership that this division became the center for medical, logistical and mobility support at the height of the Marawi Crisis.
As the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, he is focusing on enhancing AFP internal security campaign, promoting a culture of professionalism and excellence within the organization, establishing solid partnerships with the leaders of various levels of government and strengthening the stakeholder convergence to pursue the fulfillment AFP’s vision and mission.
General Madrigal is a recipient of the highly-coveted Cavalier Award for Command and Administration given by the PMA Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAI) in 2018. He was recently awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his meritorious military service and exceptional performance of his duties.