Hernando Iriberri

Quick Facts

IntroFilipino general
Is Soldier
From Philippines
Type Military
Birth 22 April 1960, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, Caraga, Philippines
Age61 years
Star signTaurus


Hernando Delfin Carmelo Arreza Iriberri is a retired Filipino soldier, and was Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from July 2015 to April 2016. He had previously been the 56th Commanding General of the Philippine Army since February 7, 2014.


Iriberri was commissioned in the AFP Regular Force in March 1983 after his graduation from the Philippine Military Academy. Aside from mainly serving as an infantryman, he was also involved in other fields of the Army such as intelligence, public relations and staff functions. Iriberri was involved in international peace support operations.

He had served as spokesman under the term of Voltaire Gazmin (the incumbent Secretary of National Defense) as Commanding General, and Senior Military Assistant at the same department before becoming Commander of the Army’s 503rd Brigade in Abra and later Chief of the 7th Infantry Division.

Philippine Army

Iriberri, who was a Major General at that time, was named Commanding General of the Philippine Army, replacing Lt. Gen. Noel A. Coballes on February 7, 2014 when the latter had reached the mandatory retirement age of 56. Iriberri was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on March 31, 2014.

Chief of Staff

On July 10, 2015, Iriberri was appointed as the 46th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Iriberri’s retirement officially took effect on April 22, 2016.