Senior Leaders Conference Speaker


Undersecretary and Executive Director
Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice, and Peace
Office of the President

General Bautista belongs to the PMA Class of 1981. Upon his graduation from the PMA, General Bautista attended further military schoolings which include the Scout Ranger, Infantry Officer Advance, and Command and General Staff courses. He also went to various military schools abroad, namely Army Training Group in New Zealand, Joint Forces Staff College, in the United States of America, the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Hawaii USA, the George Marshall Center for Security Studies in Germany, and the European Security and Defense College in Italy. He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of thePhilippines, Diliman.
General Bautista excelled in all of his field assignments throughout the country. He was assigned as a platoon leader of the 26th Infantry Battalion in Mindanao; Commander of the 7th Scout Ranger Company; Commander of the 24th Infantry Battalion and Commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade in Central Luzon; and as the Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division in Western Visayas. In 2010, General Bautista served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, AFP. As the J3, he led the crafting of the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”. The IPSP "Bayanihan" introduced a paradigm shift in the AFP from "defeating the enemy" to "winning the peace" employing a whole-of-nation approach with utmost emphasis on respect for Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Rule of Law, and multi-stakeholder engagement.
On 09 November 2011, General Bautista assumed command of the Philippine Army during a critical period in the organization's reform.

Under his leadership, the Philippine Army furthered its pursuit of the Army Transformation Roadmap which is a program founded on good governance and performance excellence.
On 17 January 2013, General Bautista assumed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. His leadership of the AFP was anchored on the fulfilment of its constitutional mandate through the IPSP “Bayanihan” and its pursuit of Security Sector Reform initiatives through the AFP Transformation Roadmap. With this vision in mind, General Bautista was able to lead the AFP thru challenging times — the most notable of which include the Sabah Crisis of February to March 2013; kidnapping of Filipino Peacekeepers in Golan Heights in March 2013; Zamboanga Siege in September 2013; the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and Cebu in October 2013; typhoon Yolanda in November 2013; and West Philippine Sea dispute.
Carrying forward his legacy as a soldier of peace, General Bautista led an AFP that is focused on its constitutional mandate as protector of the people and of the State with the goal of securing the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory; an AFP that will win just and lasting peace for the nation; an AFP that will be a world-class armed forces, source of national pride. Shortly after retirement from the military service in July 2014, General Bautista was appointed as the Executive Director of the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice, and Peace at the Office of the President, Malacañang. Concurrently, he is the Executive Director of the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea. He also led the National Task Force on the Whole of Nation Initiative from 2015-2016.

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