Palparan next PDEA chief?

Retired general Jovito Palparan announced that he is considering going back to government service at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Palparan, known for his unorthodox style of fighting communist insurgents, said he was offered the job at the PDEA while he was still in active service.

He said he is now “seriously considering” the offer.

Palparan said he could apply some of the strategies he used against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the government’s war on illegal drugs.

“There are some operations of the PDEA that are similar to the anti-insurgency drive, and if I accept the offer, I think I could put that to good use, considering that what we are trying to save here are the lives of innocent people. It is the people that we are fighting for,” he said.

There were reports that Palparan, named as the “butcher” by leftist groups in linking him to the spate of summary executions of militant and peasant leaders in areas where he was military commander, would take a post at PDEA.

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