February 8, 2023

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Año replaces Carlos as security adviser

(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año as his new national security adviser, Malacañang announced Saturday.

ANO BACK IN AS SECURITY ADVISER President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) swears in former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año as his new national security adviser in Malacañang on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Ano, who served as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the Duterte administration, replaced Professor Clarita Carlos, who stepped down from her post to join the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department. MALACANANG PHOTO

ANO BACK IN AS SECURITY ADVISER President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) swears in former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año as his new national security adviser in Malacañang on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. Ano, who served as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the Duterte administration, replaced Professor Clarita Carlos, who stepped down from her post to join the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department. MALACANANG PHOTO

Año, who served as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the Duterte administration, replaced Professor Clarita Carlos, who stepped down from her post to join the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives.

“Former DILG Secretary Eduardo Año took his oath before the President as the new National Security Adviser,” Presidential Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said in a statement.

“Professor Clarita Carlos has decided to continue her pursuit of scholastic endeavors as she joins the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives. The CPBRD provides the House of Representatives with technical service in the formulation of national economic, fiscal and social policies,” she added.

Carlos, who assumed the NSA post in June 2022, said she has realized that “it is no longer politic to continue as NSA to the President.”

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“So, I have decided to migrate to another agency where my expertise on foreign, defense and security policy will be of use and I shall continue to help build a Better Philippines,” Carlos said in a statement.

Carlos, a retired political science professor of the University of the Philippines Diliman, served as the first female civilian president of the National Defense College of the Philippines.

NATIONAL Security Adviser Clarita Carlos. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

NATIONAL Security Adviser Clarita Carlos. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

She was also a consultant in Congress and other government agencies, including the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

She authored books and papers about political parties, elections, defense and security, and foreign policy, among others.

Meanwhile, the 61-year-old Año is a veteran intelligence officer who also served as the chief of staff of the AFP from December 2016 to October 2017.

Año, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, was named commanding general of the Philippine Army in July 2015.

Before he was named Army chief, Año led the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, which covers Region 11 (Davao region) and parts of Region 12 (Soccsksargen).

It was during his stint there when New People’s Army commander Leoncio Pitao alias Kumander Parago, the most prominent rebel leader in Southern Mindanao, was killed by the military in an encounter in Paquibato district.

Año was also the former chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP when security forces arrested Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines.