New AFP Intel chief assumes post

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A MILITARY officer described as having extensive experience in intelligence assumed as the new commander of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) on Monday. Brig. Gen. Ronald Villanueva replaced Maj. Gen. Arnold Quiapo, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 56, according to Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office. A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1985, Villanueva was former commander of the 1002nd Brigade of the Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion in Mindanao and branch chief of the counter-intelligence division of the AFP Deputy for Intelligence (J2). Villanueva was among the 25 military officers whose promotions were recently confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. The role of the intelligence chief in the government’s fight against illegal drugs would be crucial as his office would be providing information and intelligence to the Defense department and the AFP tapped by President Rodrigo Duterte to assist the police in the anti-drug campaign.

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