President Duterte appoints Wilking Villanueva as new PDEA chief


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Wilkins Villanueva as the new director-general of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“My utmost gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for giving me his trust and confidence to lead our country’s WAR ON DRUGS. I will never fail you MR. PRESIDENT,” Villanueva said in a Facebook post sharing a copy of his appointment letter dated May 22.

PDEA said “Villanueva has competently served our country for almost two (2) decades in the field of DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT through different capacities and positions, both with the PNP Narcotics Group and as one of the pioneering officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.”

“Outgoing DG Aquino did not step down. He was relieved and shall be succeeded by incoming DG Wilkins Villanueva po. We all know that movement in key positions in government offices is the sole prerogative of the President. In this case, outgoing DG Aquino will be assuming another position in the bureaucracy but we are not at liberty to disclose further details,” PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.

According to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, outgoing PDEA chief Aaron Aquino was appointed as head of Clark International Airport Corporation.