28 May 2018, Department of National Defense–Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana appointed World War II veteran and retired Sandiganbayan Justice Manuel R. Pamaran as the new President of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP).
Secretary Lorenzana administered the oath of office of Justice Pamaran today at the DND Social Hall. Justice Pamaran will immediately assume the Office of the President of the VFP and exercise the powers and functions of his position.
Prior to his appointment as President of the VFP, he was the Executive Vice President which is the Chief Operating Officer of the Federation. He also became a member of the Executive Board, and the Vice President for Charter Organizations of the VFP Supreme Council. He also leads his World War II comrades as President of the Hunters ROTC Guerrilla Association, Inc.
Born on June 17, 1926 in Bacoor, Cavite, Justice Pamaran joined the guerilla forces as Private First Class (PFC) serving in the “O” Company MVCR of the Hunters ROTC. His unit was responsible for providing intelligence and protection of civilians. He also figured in the liberation campaigns of areas outside Manila – Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Tayabas (now Quezon). His name is also included in the Approved Revised Recognized Guerrilla Roster of the Philippine Veterans Board (now Philippine Veterans Affairs Office).
He became a beneficiary of PVAO’s Educational Benefit which he used to take up Bachelor of Laws at the Manuel L. Quezon University. During his stint as a lawyer, Justice Pamaran became known for his leadership in legal education as the Dean of the College of Law of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, and Lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He also served as Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice (11 June 1978-31 March 1986), Legal Consultant for the Office of the Vice President (1996-1998), and Presidential Assistant on Justice for the Office of the President (1998-2001).
He was also part of the veterans-legislative-executive team that went to Washington, D. C. in 2008 to lobby for the approval of the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) Act which resulted to the grant of $9,000 to World War II veterans residing in the Philippines, and $15,000 to those residing in the U.S. Mainland. His claim to fame is that he is a professor of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his law school days.
The Veterans Federation of the Philippines, created under Republic Act No. 2640, serves as the umbrella organization of all Filipino veterans’ organizations. It aims to uphold the interest and general welfare of the all veterans, their spouses and orphans. Through its member-organizations, the Federation also aims to perpetuate the veterans’ heroic deeds, foster patriotism and love of country among the citizenry especially the youth, and inculcate civic consciousness among all members.
A government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) attached to the Department of National Defense, the VFP is under the control and supervision of the Secretary of National Defense. Through the Federation, the DND aims to build a unified Filipino veterans community.