: Bongbong Marcos names retired police general as NICA chief

18 June 2022

By Beatrice Pinlac |

MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has named retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director Gen. Ricardo de Leon as National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) director general.

In a statement, Marcos Jr.’s press secretary-designate Rose Beatrix Cruz – Angeles announced that de Leon would serve in the incoming administration’s security cluster, alongside other officials from the departments of National Defense, Interior and Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Justice.

He will also work with the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and National Bureau of Investigation.

De Leon, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1971, is currently at the helm of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).

The PPSC, according to Cruz-Angeles, is “the premier educational institution for the training, human resource development, and continuing education of all police, fire, and jail personnel.”

De Leon was first chosen by late and former President Benigno Aquino III to assume the presidency at the PPSC in 2014.

Cruz-Angeles also announced that former Deputy Commissioner Lilia Guillermo was chosen by Marcos Jr. to head the Bureau of Internal Revenue.