New drug ‘czar’ is Northern Mindanao’s Regional Director

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
May 29, 2020

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--The new anti-illegal drug “czar” was the former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director in Northern Mindanao.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Wilkins Malinawan Villanueva’s appointment as PDEA Director General effective May 22, 2020 replacing Aaron N. Aquino, the PDEA regional office here said Friday.

A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), “Maringal,” Class 88, Villanueva held various sensitive positions, mostly in the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign in the last 20 years in service.

He obtained various anti-illegal drug training and assignments abroad that include the United Nation’s mission in Kosovo.

Villanueva also studied at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau and in Roswell, New Mexico, USA.

The appointment of Villanueva, as PDEA Director General, signals the government’s intensified no-nonsense war against the illegal drugs in the country.


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