The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has welcome retired Police General Isidro Lapeña as its newly-designated Director General.
Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr., the incumbent PDEA Director General, lauded the selection of Lapeña as the next chief of the country’s premier anti-drug agency.
Lapeña was among the additional batch of appointees to Cabinet posts in the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that was announced during a news conference in Panacan, Davao City on May 31.
Lapeña, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1973, had a long, colorful and distinguished career as a decorated police officer.
Most notable of these were the Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Operations, Chief of the Directorial Staff, Davao Region Police Director, and Cotabato City Police Director, before retiring.
“He (Lapeña) has a proven track record in the uniformed service that reflects the trust and confidence in his leadership and capability to accomplish the gargantuan task of ridding the country of illegal drugs. He is a man of integrity, a must-criterion for Cabinet appointments in the administration of President Duterte,” Cacdac said.
Lapeña and Cacdac are currently organizing a transition team for the transfer of duties.