Ex-PSG commander is new spy chief

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen former Presidential Security Group commander Brig. Gen. Jose Eriel Niembra as the new head of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), as announced on Saturday by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Hopeful that Niembra would be able to fulfill his mandate as the new ISAFP chief, Roque, in a press statement, said: “We wish (Brig.) Gen. Niembra all the best in his new assignment.”

A member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sambisig” Class of 1991, Niembra replaces Brig. Gen. Oliver Artuz, who retired from the service on Friday.

Niembra served as PSG commander from May 2018 to February 2020. Prior to his appointment as PSG chief, he was the PSG’s deputy group commander. From 2009 to 2012, he was designated as deputy commander of Task Force Davao.

“Your efficacy and effectivity in the discharge of your duties have certainly inspired the entire PSG to strive for excellence, whatever their positions may be,” said Duterte, who during the PSG change-of-command ceremony in February, praised Niembra for displaying a “steady and unwavering leadership.” (PNA)

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