Gatdula to NBI

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By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Updated July 09, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino has picked former Quezon City

police chief Magtanggol Gatdula as the new director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Malacañang announced last night.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said the President also named Angelito Banayo as National Food Authority administrator.

Earlier, retired general Cesar Garcia was named as national security adviser and former major general Trifonio Salazar as the new National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) chief.

Gatdula’s appointment was reportedly pushed by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), which endorsed Mr. Aquino in the last elections.

Gatdula was also the deputy chief of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) under then Philippine National Police chief Panfilo Lacson.

Banayo, on the other hand, served as general manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority from June 30, 1998 to Nov. 3, 2000. He was also appointed as presidential adviser for political affairs by former President Joseph Estrada.

In 2001, Banayo served as campaign manager for Lacson’s successful run for the Senate. He also helped Lacson as a contender for the presidency in 2004.

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