President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s Secretary of National Defense is retired Major General Delfin Lorenzana. He is currently the Presidential Representative/Office of Veterans Affairs head at Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, USA.
Lorenzana is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1973.
In military service, he served as the commander of Special Operations Command (SOCOM) of the Philippine Army, a position current Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin also held.
His last military position, was as Defense and Armed Forces Attache to Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, USA. He provided defense, military and national security advise to Philippine Ambassador to US at that time.
After retiring October 2004, in November 2004, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed him as Special Presidential Representative for Veterans Affairs/Head of the Office of Veterans Affairs of the Philippine Embassy in Washington.
In August 2009, he was replaced by retired Brigadier General Victor Corpuz.
In December 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Lorenzana as Presidential Representative/Head, Office of Veterans Affairs at Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, the same position Arroyo appointed him in 2004.
He is a Philippine Legion of Honor awardee.
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