By Ben Cal
MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana has sworn in former Sandiganbayan Justice Manuel R. Pamaran as the president of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP).
Pamaran , a World War II veteran, replaced retired Col. Bonifacio G. de Gracia.
Before assuming his new post last week, Pamaran was the VFP executive vice president and chief operating officer of the federation.
During the Second World War, Pamaran was a member of the famed Hunters ROTC guerrillas that gathered intelligence information to the Americans and Filipino guerrillas fighting the Japanese.
Pamaran also figured in the liberation campaigns of areas outside Manila – Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Tayabas (now Quezon).
A native of Bacoor, Cavite, Pamaran was born on June 17, 1926. He obtained his law degree from the Manuel L. Quezon University as a scholar of PVAO.
Pamaran is a noted practicing lawyer. He used to be the dean of the College of Law of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, and lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
Pamaran was presiding judge of Sandiganbayan from June 11, 1978 until he retired on March 31, 1986. He was also the Presidential Assistant on Justice for the Office of the President 1998-200.
As a former guerrilla fighter, Pamaran was credited for helping the Philippine 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 in the granting of US$9,000 to World War II veterans residing in the Philippines, and US$15,000 to those residing in the U.S. mainland.
Incidentally, Pamaran was the former professor of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when the latter was studying law.
The Veterans Federation of the Philippines was created under Republic Act No. 2640 which is 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.