Hernando Iriberri

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Hernando Iriberri
46th Chief of Staff
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
In office
July 10, 2015 – April 22, 2016
President Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Gregorio Pio Catapang
Succeeded by Glorioso Miranda (acting)
Commanding General of the Philippine Army
In office
February 7, 2014 – July 10, 2015
Personal details
Born Hernando Delfin Carmelo Arreza Iriberri
(1960-04-22) April 22, 1960 (age 58)[1]
Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines
Alma mater Philippine Military Academy
Awards Distinguished Service Star
Military Merit Medal
Military service
Nickname(s) "Superman"[2]
Allegiance Philippines Republic of the Philippines
Service/branch Philippine Army
Years of service 1983 - 2016
Rank General General
Unit Chief of Staff, AFP
Commanding General, PA
7 PA
Battles/wars Communist insurgency in the Philippines
Islamic insurgency in the Philippines

Hernando Delfin Carmelo Arreza Iriberri is a retired Filipino soldier, and was Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from July 2015 to April 2016.[3][4] He had previously been the 56th Commanding General of the Philippine Army since February 7, 2014.


Iriberri was commissioned in the AFP Regular Force in March 1983 after his graduation from the Philippine Military Academy. Aside from mainly serving as an infantryman, he was also involved in other fields of the Army such as intelligence, public relations and staff functions. Iriberri was involved in international peace support operations.[5]

He had served as spokesman under the term of Voltaire Gazmin (the incumbent Secretary of National Defense) as Commanding General, and Senior Military Assistant at the same department before becoming Commander of the Army's 503rd Brigade in Abra and later Chief of the 7th Infantry Division.[3]

Philippine Army

Iriberri, who was a Major General at that time, was named Commanding General of the Philippine Army, replacing Lt. Gen. Noel A. Coballes on February 7, 2014 when the latter had reached the mandatory retirement age of 56.[2] Iriberri was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on March 31, 2014.[6]

Chief of Staff

On July 10, 2015, Iriberri was appointed as the 46th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.[1][4]

Iriberri's retirement officially took effect on April 22, 2016.[7]



  1. ^ a b Fonbuena, Carmela. "Gazmin's former aide is new Army chief". Rappler. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kabiling, Genalyn (8 February 2015). "Aquino names 'Superman' general as new Army chief". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Fonbuena, Carmela (10 July 2015). "Iriberri is new AFP chief". Rappler. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Dioquino, Rose-An Jessica; Legazpi, Amita (10 July 2015). "Army commander Iriberri is new AFP chief". GMA News Online. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Profile: Major General Hernando Iriberri, Commanding General of the Philippine Army". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 7 February 2014. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  6. ^ Lozada, Bong (31 March 2014). "Army's 'Superman' clinches third star". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  7. ^ Cabreza, Vincent (March 5, 2016). "PMA cadets hold parade for retiring AFP chief Iriberri". Inquirer Northern Luzon. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 5, 2016.

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