Malacañang Park, Manila — COLONEL RANDOLPH GONZALEZ CABANGBANG MNSA (INF) PA assumes post as the Presidential Security Group Commander today. Prior his assignment, he was the Chief of Staff of 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army in Tanay, Rizal. Colonel Cabangbang is not new to the job as he served on the same capacity as Chief of Staff of PSG before his stint in 2ID.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City in 1991. He also graduated number one (1) in his Officer Candidate Course at Officer Candidate School, Armed Forces of the Philippines Training Command in 1992.
Col Cabangbang’s leadership has been tested and honed for three decades now. His professionalism, competence and credibility were displayed as he was entrusted with various positions of major responsibility in the military. His early years in the service were spent in the field occupying various significant and critical positions as an infantry man while being exposed to Civil Military Operations which further became his expertise. He handled several CMO positions in different assignments and capacities such as Chief, Public Affairs Office of the Philippine Army in 2013 as well as Spokesman and Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7 before occupying the critical Command position of Commanding Officer, 80th Infantry (Steadfast) Battalion of 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, PA in 2015 to 2017. He was later designated as Deputy Commander, Task Force Davao, 10th Infantry Division, PA prior his designation as Chief of Staff, Presidential Security Group.
A true military professional and public servant, Col Cabangbang is a highly-trained and well-schooled officer both local and abroad. He took up various career and specialization courses such as the Basic Officer Infantry Course and Advance Officer Infantry Course at Training and Command, PA; Psychological Operations Officer Course, Instructor Training Course and Civil Affairs Qualification at US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA in 2006; Australian Military Familiarization Course and Australian Defence Colonel Preparation Course at Defence International Training Center, Laverton, Australia in 2013 and Australian Command and Staff Course at Australian Defense College in 2014 among man others.
Col Cabangbang’s insatiable passion for learning was proven by the different courses and training he has undertaken outside the military. He is a graduate of Fundamentals of Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Skills at Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in 2011 and Master of Military and Defence Studies in Australian National University in 2014.
He also held various special duties and designations from different AFP units most notable of which was his stint as Commander of 2ID COVID-19 Task Group “Capinpin” last April.
He is a recipient of numerous awards for his exemplary service to the AFP which include Outstanding Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Star, Gold Cross Medal, Military Achievement Medal, Gawad Sa Kaunlaran, Bronze Cross Medal, Silver Wing Medal, Wounded Personnel Medal and countless Military Merit and Commendation Medals to include US Army Commendation Medal. He also received numerous Service Medals and Ribbons and Badges signifying his various skill sets in different fields of expertise.
Adot, as he is fondly called, hails from Los Baños, Laguna. He is happily married to a beautiful proud Davaoeña – Mrs Sisa Sim Cabangbang of Panabo, Davao del Norte. They were blessed with four daughters and two sons with whom they share their dreams and aspirations: Amalia Lim, Ranee Anne, Rhyme Marie, R-Man Rey, Raissa Mae and Arthur Louis.