The War on Drugs Continues with PDEA’s Newly Appointed Director General

MANILA, Philippines– Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Northern Mindanao regional director Wilkins Villanueva is the agency’s new Director General.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment papers last May 22 replacing Aaron Aquino.


In a facebook post, Villanueva thanked the President for the promotion and vowed to continue the fight against illegal substances in the country.

“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,”

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In a statement, PDEA welcomes their 7th Director General.


Villanueva will replace Aaron Aquino who was relieved after heading the agency’s war on illegal drugs for almost two years, PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.

“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,”

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Aquino, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1985, was appointed to lead PDEA in 2017. In a facebook post, he thanked the President and his colleagues at the PDEA for the trust and confidence given to him to lead the government’s drug war for two years.

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