Summary of Information Lt. Gen. Ricardo A. David Jr.

Lieutenant General Ricardo A. David Jr. AFP is the current Commander of the Northern Luzon Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, which is the AFP unit that oversees the security and preserves the peace in the communities of North and Central Luzon.

He was born in 1955 in the town of San Fernando, Pampanga, but spent most of his childhood in Victoria, Tarlac. His humble beginnings instilled in him the value of hard work, perseverance, and faith in God which are essential in his pursuit of a professional career and other personal goals.

Since the start of his primary education in Dolores Elementary School of Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga in 1961, his desire to develop himself and his abilities was already deeply imbued in him, which paved the way for him to graduate at the top of his class in 1967. With the same grit and determination, he continued his journey in order that he could hone his intellectual capabilities. This enabled him to graduate from Victoria High School in Tarlac as the salutatorian of his class in 1971. Aside from his academic achievements in high school, he also garnered the highest rating in his class’ Preparatory Military Training course.

As he pursued further studies in the field of engineering at St. Louis University in Baguio City, he was awarded a scholarship in the said institution for his exceptional academic records and performance. His desire to serve his country, however, brought LtGen David inside the walls of the Philippine Military Academy on April 1, 1973. He was trained there for four years and molded to become a true and faithful servant of the nation. Upon graduation from the Philippine Military Academy on March 1, 1977, he began his illustrious military career as a second lieutenant in the Philippine Army.

He spent his military career in various units of the Philippine Army and of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in different parts of the country. Some of his assignments are as follows: He saw action as a combat officer in Mindanao from 1977-1983. He commanded the 50th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army from December 1996 to April 1998. Having firmly established his leadership and management competence, he led the 402nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army from March 2005 to December 2006. This was followed by his management of the AFP Command Center until August 2007. Afterwards, he commanded the Army Support Command until April 2008, then the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army until June 2009. Eventually, he was assigned to lead the Northern Luzon Command, AFP to date.

LtGen David achieved these accomplishments by always aiming for the best in everything he does, through the continuous enhancement of his abilities and through the various trainings he received, both here and abroad.  He successfully completed his tours of duty in the aforementioned command positions, aside from his innate commitment to excellence and hard work, through the military training he has undergone.

Some of his other academic accomplishments are as follows: He finished at the top of his class in the Ammunition General Supply Course and the Special Forces Operation Course, second in his class in Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, third in class in his Comptrollership Officer Basic Course, and an honor graduate in the Command and General Staff Course. He also took several courses in foreign military institutions, a number of which include the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course in the U.S. Army Field Artillery School, the Overseas Joint Warfare Course in the Australian Joint Warfare Center, the International Defense Management Course and the Senior Executive Seminar at the Marshall Center, Germany.

He took his Master of Arts in Security Studies at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California and Master in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. Ltgen also completed the Basic Management Course at the Asian Institute of Management

As a seasoned military commander, LtGen David strongly adheres in the persistent pursuit of our national security objectives, through a consultative approach with other stakeholders and under a broad partnership with other sectors of the government and private entities. This is best exemplified by his contributions as division commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and as co-convener in the establishment of the CARAGA Council for Peace and Development (CCPD), which brought together stakeholders in the CARAGA region to focus their efforts into addressing various issues in the area. LtGen David also encouraged the creation and strengthened the existing church-military advisory councils and the ugnayan centers, which has the similar aspirations as that of the CCPD, in North and Central Luzon.

As a responsible servant of the nation, LtGen David firmly believes that as the AFP drives itself to achieve its mission; the organization must carry out its tasks with utmost respect to human rights and international humanitarian law; that a person’s right to life, liberty, and property cannot be compromised; that an individual shall not be deprived of such rights without due process of law. He shares these beliefs constantly with his subordinate commanders and vows to hold them accountable if they commit any transgression in this regard. His purpose is to contribute in the strengthening of the military organization as an institution of the Filipino nation.

As a leader, LtGen David puts the welfare of those under his command as his top priority. He believes that looking after the needs of the men and women under his command and ensuring that they are receiving whatever is due to them are but a simple reminder of the organization’s appreciation for  their sacrifices for country and people.

As an individual, LtGen David actively participates in various sports activities such as cycling, running, bodybuilding, badminton, and golf. During his spare time, he reads books, magazines, and other materials on various topics. He also enjoys solving puzzles, like sudoku.

LtGen David, who is fondly called Ric, Jun, or Dabong by his superiors and peers, is happily married to the former Miss Merilou Malacay of Cagayan de Oro City. They are blessed with two sons, Russell, a naval officer and a graduate of PMA class 2005, and Rommel, a licensed electronics and communications engineer.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

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  • Ceciliagaela

    nice day sir…
    im proud of you..
    kaya crush na crush ko kayo..
    ccyl from laguna

  • Ceciliagaela

    nice day sir…
    im proud of you..
    kaya crush na crush ko kayo..
    ccyl from laguna


    One of your Manila Board of Regents, Mr. Jesus B. Trinos Jr., was alleged involved in a Fraud Complaint in a multibillion peso anomalous deals, the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP), AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Projects SCAM as supplier/agent for Datatrail Corp., Ceragon Networks Israel and Alcatel.

    We need your help in the speedy investigation the one-million-peso-company Datatrail Corp. grossly defrauded the Philippine government, illegally bagging the Contracts in AFP DID NOT PASS the 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Datatrail Corporation DID N0T submit their Eligibility documents thereby grossly violating the RA9184 and IRR, this PhP 55,000 taxpaying company getting the multi-billion projects in AFP by fraud and influence peddling.

    We know you as Mr. Clean honest disciplinarian and well known as criminal fraud buster, you hate Cheaters (ayaw po ninyo sa mga sinungaling, mapaglinlang, manlalamang, magnanakaw at mandaraya) especially when they are taking advantage of your good image; even using you and your good name by photo ops. We just saw you recently with Mr. Trinos and Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta at PLM during the ceremony welcoming the two new Regents. This is quite disturbing knowing that your good reputation will be at stake here gladly endorsing Mr. Trinos as Manila Regent. Mr. Jesus Trinos is currently involved in various fraudulent illegal activities highly anomalous deals controversial biddings and kickback schemes seen to be raking millions of dollars in government deals that are tainted with graft and corruption issues, influence peddling, grave collusion, daylight robbery and treacherous conspiracy among suppliers and the AFP DND BAC.

    Jesus Trinos Jr. PLMAAI President (representative/agent for Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel) and Hermie Orbe PLM Foundation President (representative/agent for Alcatel) are both MAJOR PLAYERS here as telecommunications suppliers actively participating in the highly anomalous controversial AFP deals and they are on the way to transfer the AFP Modernization Program Funds thru PLM Foundations in which they elected themselves as officers to control the PLM Scholarship bank accounts they opened these bank accounts in Makati City (not in Manila) !?? These suppliers bagged Contracts the AFP Modernization Program Funds illegally, by massive fraud, collusion and these conspiring vendors have entered into JVA (c/o Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corp.) without Income Tax Return Stamped Receipt from BIR (EFS), etc., grossly violated the latest Government Procurement Act RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Like the Film Scam in 1994 (where the late Ms. Viveka Babajee the Miss Mauritius 1994, she announced the Winners by Fraud; likewise here, the suppliers in conspiracy with the AFP DND BAC 2005-2006 they announced the Winner thru a mere JVA declaration they exacted ‘switching of ballots/Winners’ i.e., thru a JVA, AN INSTANT Winner was declared by DND BAC, Winner without eligibility documents and BYPASSED THE 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE ! )

    Government fraud is A VERY SERIOUS CRIME !

    This is a national interest and your local government interest as well especially that one of your Regents was deeply involved in these illegal acts that are tainted with GRAFT AND CORRUPTION and fraudulent transactions, the AFP DND BAC highly controversial anomalous deals.

    Sadya po nilang iniligaw yung mga Signatories na binabanggit nila. They DID NOT follow the rule of law the latest RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE BIDDING which is the MOST IMPORTANT STAGE BECAUSE IT IS THERE WHERE WE CAN SEE IF THIS COMPANY, DATATRAIL CORPORATION IS PAYING THE RIGHT TAXES and TO SEE THE QUALIFICATION HISTORY OF DATATRAIL CORPORATION, wala po silang pinakitang kahit anong ELIGIBILITY Documents. Again, Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE Bidding. This is highly illegal and criminal offense as a Contractor, obviously THIS BIDDING AND AWARDING OF CONTRACT WAS TAINTED WITH GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.

    And So, the public may know !


    TO SHOW PROOF OF EVIDENCE THAT We have NOT seen Datatrail Corp. during the 1ST STAGE THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Bidding, here’s an AFP document from their online archive:

    AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Bid Bulletin (notice ONLY four bidders’ ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTS WERE SCRUTINIZED, namely: Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks)

    X X X X X X
    Fixed Communication System (stage/status: 1st stage of the 2-stage procurement mode was held last September 8, 2005; new invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (ITAEB) will be issued on October 20, 2005)
    Procurement Stage: 1st Stage – Opening and Submission of Bids
    ABC: P447,360,000.00
    Length of Delivery: 240 calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed
    Highlights : Through a Supplemental Bulletin, the deadline for submission and opening of bids for the 1st stage bidding for this project was changed from 25 August 2005 to 8 September 2005, 9:00 a.m. On the day of submission and opening of bids, 4 companies complied, namely Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks. None of them failed when their eligibility envelopes were opened. During the initial evaluation of the technical proposals of the 4 bidders, the BAC declared that they all passed, yet subject to post qualification/evaluation. BAC shall formally announce in writing, through the Secretariat, the results of the evaluation. Schedule of the opening of the revised technical proposal and their financial proposals (i.e. 2nd phase of a two-stage bidding process) is scheduled on October 20, 2005 due to request of bidders for longer time to prepare revised technical proposals.

    X X X X X

    Based on the AFP BAC’s Bid Bulletin, it showed beyond doubt that there were ONLY 4 Bidders, not 5; the private Filipino company Datatrail Corp. was not in the list !

    WHERE’s DATATRAIL CORPORATION during the 1st STAGE Bidding ?? No docs ? Missing in action ? Datatrail Corporation totally ignored the 1ST STAGE ELIGIBILITY STAGE. THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SUBMITTED THEIR EFS BIR Certifications PAID Stamped Receipt equivalent to 50% of the ABC and Qualifications History, etc ? So now here’s the question, IS THIS the “level playing field” that AFP DND BAC were talking about ? Bakit napakalakas naman po yata ng Datatrail Corporation sa DND BAC. Kung kelan halos patapos na ang bidding, dun lang ididikit yung name nila sa Project na naka- “JVA” kuno ! Dahil po ba kasi masyadong malaki ang Kickbacks or “TONG-PATS” !??

  • ronald ceniza

    a very nice story sir..
    I salute you and congratulations!!

  • liana mireya

    so far, impressive

  • liberdad

    salamat sa mga post na ganito! keeping them honest! 🙂

  • rory samaniego

    just researching for information on our newly appointed chief of staff, he seems to be the right man for the job and our new president made the right choice