Presidential Security Group to have new chief on May 30

Pia Ranada
Presidential Security Group to have new chief on May 30
Colonel Jim Niembra will formally assume the post on May 30, replacing Brigadier General Lope Dagoy who takes command of the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Leyte

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Security Group (PSG) will soon have a new commander.

Informed Malacañang sources told Rappler that Colonel Jose “Jim” Niembra will be PSG commander effective May 30.

He will replace PSG chief Brigadier General Lope Dagoy who assumed the post of brigade commander of the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade in Leyte on Thursday, May 24, during a change of command ceremony.

Dagoy served as the chief of President Rodrigo Duterte’s security for a year and two months. He was appointed to the post in March 2017. (READ: PSG chief’s remark vs Rappler reporter ‘uncalled for’ – Lorenzana)

Before assuming the PSG top post, Niembra was its deputy group commander.

Niembra also previously served as deputy commander of Task Force Davao when Duterte was mayor. –

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at