General Fabian C. Ver
General Fabian Crisologo Ver (1920-1998) of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, started his military career as a third lieutenant with the guerillas fighting the Japanese invaders, right after his graduation in 1941. After the war, he continued his military career, as well as his studies. Ver first obtained a law degree from the University of Manila, and a degree in police administration from the University of Louisville. Ver also took further training with the Los Angeles Police Department, which lead to his holding the positions of Commanding General of the Presidential Security Command and Director General of the National Security Agency. In 1981, Ver was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos.
He trained in security and law enforcement, intelligence, police administration, and community relations in institutions here and abroad. Before his ascent to the country’s highest military position, he served as Commanding General of the Presidential Security Command and Director General of the National Security Agency.
As a Culmination of his outstanding service to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, he became the 4th UP Vanguard to be appointed as Chief of Staff, succeeding fellow Vanguard Romeo Espino. His tenure as National Commander from 1974 to 1986 was one of the most remembered.
It was marked with numerous accomplishments that included among others, the institutionalization of the UP Vanguard Scholarship Program, and the creation of the UP Vanguard Building – a living and lasting testimony of the organization’s strength and solidarity. For his achievements, he is honored as one of the Pillars of the UP Vanguard.