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New ISAFP chief assumes post

The Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) welcomed its new commander on Monday in the person of Brig. Gen. Ronald Villanueva, an Army officer previously assigned in Sarangani province.

"He has extensive experience in the intelligence community with an aggregate total of more than 10 years [of assignment] in the community before his assumption as chief ISAFP," AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said of Villanueva.

Arevalo said Villanueva, who replaced the retiring Maj. Gen. Arnold Quiapo, would be a big help to the Duterte administration's war against illegal drugs.

"That would be an integral part of the information, good information, and good intelligence and assessment that he would be providing our leadership and the [Department of National Defense] and the AFP," he said.

Villanueva, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1985, assumed his new post Monday.

"He is one of our best brigade commanders of the Army and we are happy that he was given a higher position," said Army spokesman Col. Benjamin Hao of the new ISAFP chief.

Arevalo said as the new ISAFP chief, Villanueva "has committed to providing good intelligence to the commander-in-chief, defense and AFP leadership."

"He will work to attain good intelligence information to stakeholders and decision-makers," he added. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KBK, GMA News