35th Vice Commander, Philippine Army


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          MAJOR GENERAL ADONIS R BAJAO PA took oath as the 35th Vice Commander of the Philippine Army on 19 October 2022. Prior to this assignment, he was the 20th The Internal Auditor, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

          Known as a scholar-soldier, his penchant for learning was evident at an early age, graduating as the class salutatorian in elementary and as valedictorian in high school.

          MAJOR GENERAL BAJAOs began his military career when he joined the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1985, leading to his Bachelor of Science Degree, as a member of the PMA “MAKATAO” Class of 1989. He finished his military education as the Regimental Adjutant and was awarded the Commandant’s List Badge and the General Emilio Aguinaldo Saber for graduating with the highest over-all rating in aptitude, conduct, leadership in the Corps and co-curricular activities.

          After his graduation, he was assigned to various positions which developed his capabilities and sharpened his competencies as a military officer. An experienced senior officer with immersions in the battlefield and in operations, with competencies in planning, education and training, civil military operations and disaster relief operations.

              MAJOR GENERAL BAJAO’s first combat posting was as a Platoon Leader of Bravo Company, 25th Infantry (Fireball) Battalion, 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, Philippine Army, and he eventually became the Company Commander of that same unit, which was then tactically deployed in Davao, Surigao, Bukidnon and Agusan Provinces. He was adjudged as the Best Junior Officer of the Year (1994) by 6ID, PA.

              After a series of leadership posts in different administrative positions within Headquarters Philippine Army and at the General Headquarters, he became the Commander of the 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army in 2013. In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, he was designated as the Commander of Task Group Leyte, 8ID, PA, wherein he directed the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in typhoon-affected communities in Leyte.

              In 2017, he became Commander of Joint Task Force GENSAN, which coincided with the implementation of martial law in Mindanao following the Siege of Marawi City. Two (2) years later, he was assigned to the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division to command the 1002nd Infantry (Bagwis) Brigade resulting in several successful operations in the Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN regions.

             In May 2020, he became the Assistant Division Commander of the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division as well as the Acting Division Commander of the Spear Troopers for a brief period afterwards. In December 2021, he returned to General Headquarters to begin his tenure as The Internal Auditor, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

              Throughout his military career, he continued to embark on various education and training programs and courses in local and foreign institutions that equipped him with the knowledge and skills that are essential in the performance of his duties. He topped his Basic Infantry, Intermediate Logistics, and Command and General Staff Courses, where he was an Honor Graduate, Best in Staff Study, Best in Commandant's Paper, and Leadership awardee.

              In addition, MAJOR GENERAL BAJAO holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City where he was a University Scholar. He also has two Master's degrees: Master in Public Administration from the Ateneo de Davao University, and Master in Public Management major in Security and Development from the Development Academy of the Philippines, where he was awarded as the Best in Thesis/Special Action Plan and Project. Rounding of his exposure and continuing education are the various conferences and seminars he has attended in Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Mongolia, Austria, Indonesia, Brazil, China, Hawaii, Malaysia, Israel and Vietnam.

            MAJOR GENERAL BAJAO’s extensive experience and scholarly endeavors have also made him a well-rounded author with published works on subjects including army history, peacekeeping, leadership lessons, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and peace initiatives.

            He was born on 06 August 1967 in Digos, Davao del Sur. He is happily married to Ms. Carolina Garcia and they are blessed with five (5) children: Donna Lynne (an international school teacher), Mark Daniel (a lawyer), Marie Tonette (an international school teacher), Hannah Margaret (a doctor of medicine), and Mychelle Nathanielle.



Personal Information:
1. Carolina G Bajao
    BS in Commerce

2. Donna Lynne G Bajao
    Master in Special Education

3. Mark Daniel G Bajao
   Juris Doctor of Laws

4. Marie Tonette G Bajao
    Master in Special Education

5. Hannah Margaret G Bajao
    Doctor of Medicine

6. Mychelle Nathanielle G Bajao


 2000    1    2012
Associate Professor V
College of Local Government and
University of Makati
 2002   1    2003
 Instructor/Senior Tactical Officer
Department of Military Science and
University of the Philippines
 2004    1    2005
 Head Executive Assistant
Office of the Director
Bureau of Corrections
Department of Justice
 2008    1    2011
 Secretary Directorial Staff
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
Office of the President
 2022    1    2011
 Member, Selection Panel
Department of Education


35th Vice Commander, Philippine Army

Professional Summary

  • Immersed in battlefield operations, with competencies in intelligence, logistics, planning, civil military operations, education and training and disaster relief operations
  • Assigned in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and posted in various staff positions from company, battalion, division, Army, Area Command and General Headquarters levels
  • Taught in both military and civilian learning institutions
  • Published works on subjects including army history, peacekeeping, leadership lessons, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and peace initiatives

Academic Highlights

  • An elementary salutatorian, high school valedictorian, and academic awardee in various studies
    • AFP Command and General Staff College
    • Honor Graduate (#2 out of 150)
    • Leadership Award
    • Best Commandant's Paper Award
  • University of the Philippines, Doctorate in Public Administration
    • Gawad Chancellor
    • University Scholar
  • Development Academy of the Philippines, Master in Public Management (Major in Security and Development)
    • Best in Thesis/Special Action Plan and Project
  • Philippine Military Academy
    • General Emilio Aguinaldo Saber Award
    • Commandant's List

Military Milestones

Awarded in command and leadership positions in various units and field assignments

  • Vice Commander, Philippine Army
  • Acting Division Commander, Bicol Region
    • CGPA's Command Plaque - 9th Infantry Division
  • Brigade Commander, SOCCSKSARGEN/Davao Regions
    • Distinguished Service Star during Martial Law in Mindanao - 10th Infantry Division
  • Task Force Commander, General Santos City
    • Silver Cross Medal for the neutralization of terrorist leaders - 10th Infantry Division
  • Battalion Commander, Eastern Visayas Region
    • Gawad sa Kaunlaran during Yolanda - 78th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Division
  • Company Commander, Davao Region
    • Officer of the Year Award - 25th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division
  • Platoon Leader, Davao Region
    • Best Platoon Leader - Bravo Company, 25th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division

Staff Assignments

  • The Internal, Auditor, AFP - General Headquarters
  • Chief, Unified Command Staff, Eastern Mindanao Command - Area Command Headquarters
  • Secretary Joint Staff - General Headquarters
  • Chief, Peacekeeping Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, OJ3 - General Headquarters
  • Secretary Army General Staff - Headquarters Philippine Army
  • Chief, Strategic Studies Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, OG5 - Headquarters Philippine Army
  • Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO/Education Training - Division Headquarters
  • Operations Officer - Battalion Headquarters
  • Executive Officer - Company

Published Works

  • Winning the Peace. Author
  • Special Action Plan and Project on Knowledge Management for Counter-Insurgency Policies and Strategies. Author
  • Counter-Insurgency Policies and Strategies from 1898 to 2011. Author
  • The AFP Lambat-Bitag of 25th Infantry Battalion. Author
  • Thinking Out of the Box. Evolving New Perspectives for Counter-Terrorism Moves in the Philippine Context. Author
  • Command and Leadership. Co-Author
  • Of Stars and Men. Chapter Writer
  • Restoring Hope: Peacekeeping, The East Timor Experience. Copy Editor
  • Philippine Army: The First 100 Years. Art Editor/Researcher

Philippine Army Leadership

Commanding General, Philippine Army
Vice Commander, Philippine Army
Chief of Staff, Philippine Army