By Filane Mikee Cervantes

NEW CHIEF. Retired judge and police officer Jaime Santiago (holding folder) takes his oath of office as the new director of the National Bureau of Investigation before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace, Manila on Friday (June 14, 2024). Santiago replaced Medardo de Lemos. (Photo from Presidential Communications Office)

MANILA — President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has appointed retired judge Jaime Santiago as the new director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Santiago replaced Medardo de Lemos.

According to a Presidential Communications Office (PCO) news release, Santiago, known as a sharpshooter at Manila police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, took his oath of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Friday.

He served at the then-Western Police District (now Manila Police District) from 1979 to 2000.

Santiago also served as the 

presiding judge of the regional trial courts in the cities of Manila and Tagaytay, and was a former Metropolitan Trial Court judge of Manila 

He served as the assistant city prosecutor of the Department of Justice-Office of the City Prosecutor from October 2003 to December 2006.

Santiago is also a former deputy executive vice president of the Philippine Judges Association and former president of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines.

The Professional Regulation Commission named him as an outstanding criminologist in 2012, while the Philippine Jaycees (now JCI Philippines), a leadership development organization, recognized him as one of the 10 Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines in 2009. (PNA)