Marcos picks AFP spox as acting PSG chief, senior military assistant

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Posted at Jun 26 2022 01:40 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2022 03:37 PM

Then Philippine Army spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala appears as a guest on ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay in July 2019. Screengrab from ABS-CBN Talk YouTube channel
Then Philippine Army spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala appears as a guest on ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay in July 2019. Screengrab from ABS-CBN Talk YouTube channel

MANILA (UPDATE) - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala has been chosen to be acting commander of the Presidential Security Group and Senior Military Assistant of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. when the latter assumes office on June 30, a military official said Sunday.

"Acting PSG commander and acting Senior Military assistant... 'Yun daw ang ide-designate sa kaniya," AFP public affairs chief Col. Jorry Baclor told reporters.

The official order is still for issuance but Zagala is expected to take on his new roles this Thursday after Marcos is sworn in as the country's 17th president, Baclor said.

The PSG is currently headed by Brig. Gen. Randolph Cabangbang.

Zagala, 52, was public affairs chief and spokesman of the Philippine Army before becoming AFP spokesman starting August last year. During the incumbency of former President Joseph Estrada, he served as presidential aide de camp.

Zagala's grandfather and father were both from the military.

His father, Maj. Gen. Rafael Zagala, was Army chief from 1972 until 1975 during the presidency of Marcos' father and namesake, and was reportedly among the "Omega 12" picked by the late dictator for the implementation of Martial Law.

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