Biography of Secretary Angelo T Reyes

Angelo Tomas Reyes
Angelo T. Reyes was born in San Miguel, Manila on March 17, 1945; his family has roots in Binangonan, Rizal. He was married to Teresita Pernia of Minalin, Pampanga and Tagbilaran City, Bohol, with whom he had five sons: Pablo, Angelito, Marc, Carlo and Judd.
Secretary Reyes graduated valedictorian of Cubao High School in 1960. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1966 and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management in 1973. He earned a second masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA in 1991.

Secretary Reyes’ was Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff from 1998 to 2001 under the Estrada administration. He was sworn into office on March 19, 2001 under the Arroyo administration as the 23rd Secretary of National Defense. Two days earlier, on his 56th birthday, he retired as the 27th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, closing a 39-year military career. While he was DND Secretary, he was also National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) chairman.
In July 2004, he became Secretary of Interior and Local Government, serving in that post until 2006. He became Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, serving from 2006 to 2007, then was appointed former President Arroyo’s Energy Secretary, serving from 2007 to 2010.
Positions held in the AFP
  • Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Commanding General, Philippine Army
  • Commanding General, Southern Command, AFP (Covering the whole of Mindanao )
  • Commanding General, 5th Infantry Div , PA (Covering Northeastern Luzon )
  • Commanding General, Civil Relations Service,  AFP
  • Commanding Officer, 602nd Infantry Brigade (Covering Davao Provinces)
  • Commanding Officer, 4th Infantry Battalion, PA (Covering Zamboanga Provinces)
  • Team Leader, Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Military awards
  • Award of the Distinguished Service Star with 1st Bronze Anahaw Leaf after the Silver Anahaw Leaf (7th Award of this kind)
  • Philippine Legion of Honor (Deg of Commander)
  • Military Outstanding Achievement Medal
  • Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran
  • Military Merit Medals
  • Silver Medal
  • Military Commendation Medals
  • Military Civic Action Medals
  • Ulirang Kawal Award
  • Long Service Medal with 2nd BSD
  • Anti-Dissidence & Campaign Medal & Ribbon
  • Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal & Ribbon
  • Luzon Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal & Ribbon
  • Combat Cmdr “Kagitingan Badge” (Highest Level)
  • Adjutant General’s Service Badge
  • Award of Marine Command Badge (Honorary)
  • Crossed Rifles and Anchor Award
  • Award of Flag Comd-at-Sea Badge Rank of Admiral (Honorary)
  • PAF Gold Wings (Honorary)
  • Honorary Member, Philippine Marine Corps
  • Honorary Member, Phil. Army Cavalry
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