New PSG chief vows to focus on 3 things to deter threats against First Family – Reuters Sports News

The new commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), Colonel Ramon Zagala, intends to focus on training, staff welfare and stakeholder engagement as he takes charge of the force responsible for ensuring the safety of the first family.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and new Presidential Security Group Commander Col. Ramon Zagala interact during the change of command ceremony on July 4, 2022. (ALI VICOY/Manila Bulletin)

Zagala was installed as PSG’s new commander on Monday, July 4. He replaced Brigadier General Randolph Cabangbang, also of the Philippine Army.

In his remark during the change of command ceremony, he stressed his intention for PSG to be an “effective deterrent” against possible damage to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his family. .

“During my tenure as PSG commander, I intend to focus primarily on three things: training, staff welfare and stakeholder engagement,” said Zagala, the former door-to-door commander. word of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“I intend to provide our troops with the regular training they need to do their duty to the best of their abilities. I believe that a highly skilled and well-trained team will be the best defense and will be an effective deterrent against those who might want to do harm,” he added.

He pledged to hold PSG troops accountable by prioritizing their welfare and morale, which he said must be constantly safeguarded.

The new PSG chief stressed that “a well-trained, well-supported and motivated PSG soldier will go above and beyond the call of duty”.

Zagala also encouraged his men to always be professional and loyal to the Constitution and the country in carrying out their duties.

“I expect each of you to remain professional and true to the Constitution and to our country. Be competent in the job at hand, be kind and compassionate, be humble, but also be firm and unwavering when needed” , said the PSG commander.

Zagala said being asked to lead PSG was a chance for him to complete the assignment after his first assignment to the force two decades ago ended abruptly “due to circumstances beyond our control. “.

“Coming back here and completing the task that was originally given to me some 20 years ago is a privilege, too great to be taken lightly. I now have the chance to complete the mission and come full circle from where I started as a lieutenant on this hallowed ground,” Zagala said.

The 52-year-old officer holds an AB Political Science degree from De La Salle University in Manila, graduating in 1990.

He was commissioned into the Regular Force on August 9, 1994 and served in various armies and units spanning Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, serving in various command and staff positions.

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