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President Benigno S. Aquino III attended Friday the change of command of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at Malacanang Park recognizing PSG’s contribution to nation building.
In his message during the event, the President told the members of the PSG to continue traversing the righteous path in the remaining years of the Aquino administration.
“Bilang mga lingkod-bayan, nananatili ang hamon sa atin ng sambayanang Pilipino na ibandera ang tapat at mabuting pamamahala,” he said.
“Huwag nating bibiguin ang ating mga Boss; pangunahan, at igabay natin sila sa landas ng ganap at malawakang pagbabago ng Pilipinas.”
The President praised outgoing PSG chief Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon for reforming the PSG and maintaining its dignity and dedication to service.
To the incoming PSG head, Navy Capt. Raul Ubando, the President said the new PSG leadership will inherit a dedicated and capable security force. He said he expects the new PSG chief to continue the reform measures carried out by Dizon.
Ubando, the first head of the PSG to come from the Philippine Navy, is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy. He earned his Masters in Management from the Philippine Christian University in Manila. Ubando was commissioned in the navy in 1985.
Early in his career, Ubando served the navy ship Rajah Lakandula and after the EDSA People Popwer Revolution, he was assigned at the BRP Ang Pangulo. In 1988, he was assigned to BRP Quezon based in Palawan.
Ubando’s first stint at the PSG was in December 1989 under former President Corazon Aquino. In 1999 he was reassigned to his mother unit.
In June 2010, in his second tour of duty in the PSG, Ubando was designated as the Deputy Group Commander. In October 2012, he became the senior military/aide-de-camp of President Aquino.
Ubando is a recipient of numerous military awards and decorations both in combat and administration such as the Distinguished Service Stars, Bronze Cross Medal, Military Merit Medal, and Military Civic Action Medal.
He is married to Ms Annie Untalan and with two children Abigail and Ralph Kevin.
Organized in 1986, the PSG ensures the security of the President, his Cabinet, the official family, visiting dignitaries and the Palace complex. Under President Aquino, the PSG conducted more than 3,000 security operations both in the Philippines and abroad.
Also present during Friday’s event were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and officials of the armed services.