Former Senator and Armed Forces chief of staff Rodolfo Biazon passed away Monday morning after battling with pneumonia, his kin announced. 

He was 88.

In a tweet, Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that the bell has rung and the last Taps has been sung for General Rodolfo Gaspar Biazon, former AFP Chief of Staff, member of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives.” 

“It is perfectly fitting that today, Independence Day, at around 8:30am, the soldier who dedicated his life and laid it on the line in defending freedom and democracy, has been set free from the pains of this world,” he added.

The elder Biazon was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent appropriate treatment in July last year. However, he caught pneumonia twice and the second had weakened his lungs.

Born on April 14, 1935, he was a former Philippine Marine Corps general before joining politics. He was the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in early 1991 and then served as a Senator from 1992 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2010. His last government post was as Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Muntinlupa’s at-large congressional district in the years 2010-2016.

During his time in the military, he served as superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, Vice Chief of Staff, and finally Chief of Staff of the AFP. After his stints in the Senate, he served as the Representative of Muntinlupa from 2010 to 2016.#