Duterte leads PSG change of command rites

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday led the turnover rites of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at the unit's headquarters at MalacaAang Park, Manila.

During the event, Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista turned over the PSG command to Col. Lope C. Dagoy.

Bautista came from Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sandiwa Class '85 while Dagoy is from Hinirang Class '87.

Prior to his new appointment, Dagoy was President Rodrigo Duterte's senior military adviser.

He was also the chief of staff of Eastern Mindanao Command chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and served in the army's 10th Infantry Division.

Dagoy is the second PSG commander under the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, outgoing PSG chief Bautista was assigned as new head of the 1st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

As head of the 1ID, Bautista will lead the government's anti-terror war in Basilan and Sulu.

Bautista has extensive knowledge of the Basilan area, having served as the commander of the Joint Task Group in Basilan prior to his stint at the PSG.

In his speech, President Duterte thanked Bautista for the nine months he had served as head of the prestigious command tasked with protecting the President and his family.

He also expressed his full trust and confidence to Dagoy.

The President said that the government's war against drugs, corruption and criminality has made him many enemies.

"These are the people who do not wish to see me or the Philippines to succeed," Duterte said as he highlighted the formidable task that the PSG faces.

"He (Dagoy) will have his hands full. I am confident that his outstanding credentials and considerable experience will enable him to lead the PSG effectively," he said.

"I fully entrust the protection of myself and my family to him and to the entire PSG," Duterte said.

Source: Philippines News Agency