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GEN Fabian Crisologo Ver

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GEN Fabian Crisologo Ver

Birth
Ilocos Norte Province, Ilocos, Philippines
Death
21 Nov 1998 (aged 78)
Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
Burial
Batac, Ilocos Norte Province, Ilocos, Philippines
Memorial ID
176139265 View Source

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the administration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.

Ver was born in Sarrat, where he grew up in this town in the Ilocos Norte province. He attended the University of Manila, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree and later from the University of Louisville (in Louisville, Kentucky) with a degree in police administration in 1963. Ver also undertook training in Hawaii and also with the Los Angeles Police Department.

During the Second World War, he had acted as a guerilla intelligence officer with the rank of third lieutenant and following the war, he went on into military service. He was a close military adviser to then-Senator Ferdinand E. Marcos, who was President of the Senate at the time in the early 1960s. It was then, Ver was serving in the Criminal Investigation Service of the Philippine Constabulary with the rank of Captain.

Following Marcos' election to the presidency in 1965, Ver quickly became a member of the President's inner circle and quickly rose through the ranks of the Philippine military. In the Martial Law period from 1972-1981, Ver was known to be Marcos' chief enforcer, and was the highest among the Rolex 12 group. Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, as the Martial Law architect, the highest of the Rolex 12, while Marcos' cousin, Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, was the chief of the Philippine Constabulary. Fiercely loyal to the Marcos administration, Marcos repaid Ver for his loyalty by naming him as head of the Presidential Security Group, which was then known as the Presidential Security Command. Originally forced to retire in 1976, Marcos extended Ver's term indefinitely, while Ramos' term as head of the Philippine Constabulary was also extended. Ver also headed the then National Intelligence and Security Authority, the spy department of the Philippines, sending government agents to search for opponents of the Marcos regime, a group like the Philippine Constabulary who was very notorious in the arrest of many opposition leaders, Pimentel, etc. In effect, NISA acted as secret police force of the Marcos regime, while the PC was involved in torture under Ramos.

When Martial Law was lifted in 1981, Ver was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, over Marcos' own cousin, Ramos. With this new position, Ver became the most powerful officer in the military, as he headed two more institutions: the AFP, where PSC and NISA. Police officials, military men, businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats, other prominent figures like judges, kowtowed to Ver. Enrile maintained the highest position of Minister of Defense.

Many folks began to be displeased with Ver due to his direct access to Marcos as well as first lady Imelda Marcos. In fact, three of Ver's sons, who also served as military officers like him, were in the zenith of power. Eldest son, Irwin, was rapidly promoted to Colonel and was named chief of staff to the Presidential Security Command. His other son, Rexor, was the chief of the close-in security of Marcos and youngest son, Wyrlo, was the commander of the Armed Unit of Malacanang Palace.

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the administration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.

Ver was born in Sarrat, where he grew up in this town in the Ilocos Norte province. He attended the University of Manila, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree and later from the University of Louisville (in Louisville, Kentucky) with a degree in police administration in 1963. Ver also undertook training in Hawaii and also with the Los Angeles Police Department.

During the Second World War, he had acted as a guerilla intelligence officer with the rank of third lieutenant and following the war, he went on into military service. He was a close military adviser to then-Senator Ferdinand E. Marcos, who was President of the Senate at the time in the early 1960s. It was then, Ver was serving in the Criminal Investigation Service of the Philippine Constabulary with the rank of Captain.

Following Marcos' election to the presidency in 1965, Ver quickly became a member of the President's inner circle and quickly rose through the ranks of the Philippine military. In the Martial Law period from 1972-1981, Ver was known to be Marcos' chief enforcer, and was the highest among the Rolex 12 group. Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, as the Martial Law architect, the highest of the Rolex 12, while Marcos' cousin, Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, was the chief of the Philippine Constabulary. Fiercely loyal to the Marcos administration, Marcos repaid Ver for his loyalty by naming him as head of the Presidential Security Group, which was then known as the Presidential Security Command. Originally forced to retire in 1976, Marcos extended Ver's term indefinitely, while Ramos' term as head of the Philippine Constabulary was also extended. Ver also headed the then National Intelligence and Security Authority, the spy department of the Philippines, sending government agents to search for opponents of the Marcos regime, a group like the Philippine Constabulary who was very notorious in the arrest of many opposition leaders, Pimentel, etc. In effect, NISA acted as secret police force of the Marcos regime, while the PC was involved in torture under Ramos.

When Martial Law was lifted in 1981, Ver was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, over Marcos' own cousin, Ramos. With this new position, Ver became the most powerful officer in the military, as he headed two more institutions: the AFP, where PSC and NISA. Police officials, military men, businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats, other prominent figures like judges, kowtowed to Ver. Enrile maintained the highest position of Minister of Defense.

Many folks began to be displeased with Ver due to his direct access to Marcos as well as first lady Imelda Marcos. In fact, three of Ver's sons, who also served as military officers like him, were in the zenith of power. Eldest son, Irwin, was rapidly promoted to Colonel and was named chief of staff to the Presidential Security Command. His other son, Rexor, was the chief of the close-in security of Marcos and youngest son, Wyrlo, was the commander of the Armed Unit of Malacanang Palace.

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