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Santiago eyed as BuCor chief

By: Jeffrey G. Damicog

Apart from being named as head of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Dionisio Santiago could become Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general.

Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II recommended to Malacañang yesterday the appointment of Santiago as new BuCor chief.

Aguirre made the recommendation immediately after retired police chief Supt. Benjamin delos Santos submitted his resignation as BuCor director general last Thursday.

Apart from serving as AFP chief-of-staff, Santiago had previously headed the Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA) agency.

Meanwhile, Aguirre expressed his gratitude to Delos Santos for his service since being appointed as BuCor chief back in November.

“We thank Gen. De Los Santos for once again serving in the government and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” said Aguirre who sent to Malacañang the resignation letter of Delos Santos.