Santiago 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. Santiago replaced Medardo de Lemos. Photo courtest of PCO

Famed ex-cop now heads NBI

June 14, 2024 Chona Yu 160 views

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has appointed former policeman and retired judge Jaime Santiago as director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Santiago will replace NBI Director Medardo de Lemos.

Santiago took his oath of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Friday morning.

He rose to fame when Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla portrayed him in an action biopic in 1966.

Santiago finished BS Criminology at the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) from 1978 to 1988 and took up Law at the Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU-LAW) from 1989 to 1993.

He served at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Western Police District from 1979 to 2000. As a dutiful police officer at the WPD, he went against sinister individuals who threatened the peace and order in Manila.

A sharpshooter from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team during his heyday in Manila’s Finest, Santiago rose to fame, his life featured in a 1996 Filipino biographical action film.

Santiago served as Criminal Law professor at the Emilio Aguinaldo College, Philippine College of Criminology and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Santiago also served as the acting executive/presiding judge of the Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in the cities of Manila and Tagaytay, and a former Metropolitan Trial Court (MeTC) judge of Manila City.

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