New Philippine spy chief named

Posted at 11/15/12 9:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A grizzled veteran of the military campaign against communist rebels in Quezon province has been appointed as the Armed Forces of the Philippines' new spymaster.

Brigadier General Eduardo Año is the new head of the Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP), the military said Thursday.

Año, who earlier served as  assistant AFP deputy chief of staff for intelligence, is replacing Maj. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo.

Ordoyo was appointed commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division in Maguindanao last week.

"General Año is chief ISAFP. He is a full-fledged intelligence officer. He is a professional intelligence officer," AFP deputy chief of staff for intelligence Maj. Gen. Francisco Cruz said.

Año, a graduate of Philippine Military Academy class of 1983, led the Army's 201st Brigade against the communist New People's Army (NPA) in Quezon.

This includes the killing of 11 NPA rebels in a firefight in San Narciso town in Quezon last June 30. Año had projected to clear Quezon, a former bailiwick of the late NPA leader Gregorio Rosal, of insurgency by the end of this year or next year.

The military credits him for the arrest of Southern Tagalog NPA leader Tirso Alcantara in Lucena City last year.

Año was also head of the Army's Intelligence Security Group.