Controversial ex-colonel named new IP commission chair

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Retired military colonel Allen Capuyan is set to hold another government post as he was appointed as the new chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Capuyan was among the new presidential appointees announced by Malacañang on Tuesday. His appointment paper was signed on May 27.

He will be replacing Leonor Quintayo, who has been under investigation due to alleged corruption. 

Prior to the appointment, the former military officer served as an assistant general manager for the Manila International Airport Authority.

He resigned from that post after being linked to the smuggling of ₱6.4 billion worth of shabu from China in 2017 during a Senate investigation into the drug shipment. He has denied involvment in the drug smuggling case.

In April 2018, Capuyan was named as President Rodrigo Duterte’s adviser for indigenous people’s concerns.

Just over a month ago, he was also tasked to head the country’s anti-insurgency office, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, which was created in December 2018.