by Paul M. Gutierrez
Published in Journal.com
THE Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) would soon have another director with the resignation last week of its acting director, Arnolfo Palmea.
Insiders said the new director would be another former military general in the person of ex-Brig. General Ricardo Butalid Jr.
Butalid is another classmate of Deputy Commisioner for Intelligence Group Jesse Dellosa, also of Class ’79 of the Philippine Military Academy who (PMA) who also recommended him for the post.The IG has direct supervision over the CIIS.
While it was gathered that another former Army general, MGen. Nestor Anonuevo, a graduate of PMA Class ’81, is also a candidate for the vacant post at the BOC, highly placed sources said that Butalid is assured of getting the post on the vetting of Dellosa.
Dellosa’s word, the sources noted, carries “great weight” in the selection of officials he wants to serve with him in the IG.
Butalid was the former chief at J6 (Communications, Electronics and Information System Service) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) before his retirement in 2011 while Anonuevo previously served under Dellosa when the later was still the 2nd Infantry Division commander before Anonuevo went on to become chief of the 4th ID.
Butalid would be the third CIIS director to come from the ranks of retired military officers to be recommended by Dellosa, after Palmea and Alejandro Estomo.
Palmea officially cited his desire “to spend more time” with his family as reason for his resignation effective last September 15, which is the same reason cited by his predecessor, Estomo, when the later relinquished the post of CIIS director last May 20.
The sources added that Butalid is expected to report for work anytime this week.