Lieutenant General Ricardo A. David Jr. AFP, the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is married to a Kagay-anon.

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.

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.

Another CDO link is that he took his Master in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.

Badong also took his Master of Arts in Security Studies at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California and completed the Basic Management Course at the Asian Institute of Management.

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.

David also served as commanding general of the 4th Infantry Divison based in Camp Evangelista prior to being assigned as head of the Northern Luzon Command, his last position before President Benigno S. Aquino III chose him as the next AFP Chief of Staff.

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