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Aquino swears in Abaya, Cacdac in Malacañang

Posted On 2012 Oct 21
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Newly sworn-in Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General share a light moment after their oath-taking at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 18, 2012). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 18 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III swore in Thursday former Congressman Joseph Emilio Abaya as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and former Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Dir. Gen. Arturo Cacdac Jr. as the new head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates newly-appointed Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. following his oath-taking at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 18, 2012). Cacdac served as police deputy director general for administration prior to his retirement. He is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatarungan” Class of 1978. He was the chief of the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division (RIID) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in 1996. Cacdac was among the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. (MNS photo)

Abaya was appointed by the President as DOTC head following the death of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo last August.

Former senator Manuel Roxas II moved to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Abaya filled the position vacated by Roxas. Roxas and Abaya were confirmed by the Commission on Appointments last September 19.

President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to retired Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Arturo Cacdac, Jr. as the new Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General in a ceremony at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 18, 2012). Cacdac served as police deputy director general for administration prior to his retirement. He is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatarungan” Class of 1978. He was the chief of the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division (RIID) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in 1996. Cacdac was among the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. (MNS photo)

Born on May 28, 1966, Abaya is the great-grandson of the first President of the Philippines, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. He is also a relative of the revolutionary hero Isabelo Abaya. His uncle, Gen. Narciso Abaya, served as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Abaya went to the University of the Philippines to study engineering. He also entered the Philippine Military Academy and later trained at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Abaya was elected as representative of Cavite first district in 2004 and three years later he earned a law degree from Ateneo de Manila University. He won two more congressional terms, in 2007 and in 2010. He is the current chair of the House committee on appropriations.

Abaya is married to Rowena Abesamis, a pediatrician. The couple has three children.

The new DOTC chief isn’t a stranger at the Palace. He served as aide-de-camp to former President Corazon Aquino when he was a young lieutenant in the Philippine Navy.

President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates newly-sworn -in Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya during the oath-taking ceremony at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 18, 2012). Abaya finished his elementary education at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in 1979. He was a consistent honor student during his secondary school years at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS). He topped the entrance examination for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and was sent by the government to the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, USA where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1988. Abaya proceeded to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA and completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. He also studied law and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2007. (MNS photo)

President Aquino appointed former Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. as the new head of PDEA. Cacdac replaced Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez Jr.

President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to former Congressman Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication in a ceremony at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (October 18, 2012). Abaya finished his elementary education at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in 1979. He was a consistent honor student during his secondary school years at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS). He topped the entrance examination for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and was sent by the government to the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, USA where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1988. Abaya proceeded to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA and completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. He also studied law and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2007. (MNS photo)

A member of Philippine Military Class 1978, Cacdac was the second most senior official of the Philippine National Police. He bowed out of the service on October 11, triggering a top-level revamp in the police force.

Cacdac was the PNP’s deputy director general for administration when he retired. (MNS)

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