PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III named Lieutenant General Eduardo Oban Jr. as the
42nd chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, replacing Gen. Ricardo David Jr. who
will retire on March 8.
Oban is the third AFP chief to come from the Air Force since 1996.
Before his appointment as the new AFP Chief, Oban held the third highest post in the Armed
Forces, being the Deputy Chief of Staff responsible for the administration and supervision of the
joint coordinating, technical and special staffs of the military headquarters.
He is a member of PMA Class of 1979 and graduated as one of the topnotchers of his class. He
was formerly Vice Commander of the Air Force.
Before he entered the PMA, Oban graduated from the University of Santo Tomas. He also has a
master’s degree in business economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific. He will retire
on Dec. 13 this year.
Oban’s most prominent role in his career was his involvement in negotiations to end the
Oakwood mutiny in 2003. The general was among those chosen by the mutinous Magdalo to be
part of the government panel that negotiated with them for their return to the barracks.
A former instructor pilot, Oban hails from Sorsogon. (PIA)