MANILA, September 12, 2017 — Retired Police Chief Superintendent Aaron N. Aquino has formally assumed office as head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Aquino replaced Isidro S. Lapeña during a turnover ceremony today (September 12) at the PDEA national headquarters in Quezon City. Lapeña was assiged by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
“I am going to build around what my illustrious predecessor has begun by continuing the programs and improvements he has initiated in the agency,” Aquino said.
“I will institute strategic operational thrusts that propelled PDEA to where it is now, but with a stronger sense of urgency. Rest assured, PDEA will be an upgraded version of an organization from here on,” he added.
Aquino, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, held major positions in the Presidential Security Group (PSG) for eight years during the terms of President Corazon Aquino and President Fidel Ramos, and Police Regional Offices 4, 10, and 11.
He has multi-functional expertise and diversified experiences in the field of intelligence, operations, investigation, administration, and development management training.
Before retiring from the service as Regional Director of Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), Aquino was responsible for almost 30 percent reduction in crime rates in Central Luzon through the strict implementation of Operation: Double Barrel.
Aquino was among the first responders in the discovery of a mega-clandestine shabu laboratory, reportedly capable of producing 400 kilos of shabu daily, in Barangay Lacquios, Arayat, Pampanga last September 2016, and illegal facilities in Angeles City and Subic, Zambales.
The new PDEA chief is a decorated police officer, having been a recipient of 136 police medals, citations and badges of honor. He obtained his masters degree in Public Administration from Ateneo de Davao in 2007. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA)