CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) rendered traditional military honors to the late Colonel Amador A Magdamit Jr, former Legal Division Chief of the AFP Peace and Development Office (AFPPDO), Saturday, 11 November 2017 at St. Ignatius Church, here.
Colonel Magdamit was an active military reserve component who held the position of Group Commander, 104th Technical and Administrative Service Group of the 1st Technical Administrative Service Brigade Reserve - TAS (R).
On 18 April 2017, Colonel Magdamit was called to active duty as the AFPPDO’s Legal Division Chief – his last military assignment before succumbing to a liver cancer on 05 November 2017.
A law expert, Colonel Magdamit was a trial lawyer by profession starting in 1979. He graduated Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in History in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1974; Bachelor of Laws in Adamson University in 1979; and Command and General Staff Course in Command and General Staff College in 2008.
For the former Commander of the 1st Technical Administrative Service Brigade Reserve - TAS (R), Reserve Brigadier General Virgilio Garcia, “Colonel Magdamit was one of the most reliable unit commanders of the Brigade. He also was a major contributor in the studies on the revival of the ROTC and in the reserve force development.”
“He was as well the promoter to change the initial rank entry in the Call-to-Active Duty of different professionals (Lawyers, Doctors, Dentist, Nurses, Professors, etc) in the AFP Reserve Force,” BGen Garcia added.
The AFP also rendered funeral honors to Colonel Magdamit on Saturday at Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City where his remains will be interred.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines extends its condolences to the family left behind by Colonel Magdamit. He will always be remembered not only as a law expert that contributed much to the AFP, but as a good comrade and a fun-loving person as well,” Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief said.
Similar with regular military officers and enlisted personnel, the AFP equally renders military honors and necrological service to deceased soldiers in the Reserve Force.
It could also be recalled that many reserve component took part in the Liberation of Marawi and in other battles of the AFP.
“The Reserve Force contributions in many campaigns of the AFP could not be discounted. Colonel Magdamit was one of the valuable assets to our organization. I hope to be able to empower more our Reserve Force so that they will be able to complement in the challenging tasks of the AFP,” General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the AFP Chief of Staff said.