PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appointed former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año as the new national security adviser (NSA).

Año was also named director general of the National Security Council.

Año took his oath of office before Marcos on Saturday, January 14, 2023, replacing Prof. Clarita Carlos, said the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

His wife, Jean Joselyn, together with his friends, retired colonel Ernest Mark Rosal of the Philippine Army and Emmanuel Cuevas, witnessed the oathtaking.

Año’s appointment came as Carlos “has decided to continue her pursuit of scholastic endeavors as she joins the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives,” said the PCO.

In a statement, Carlos said: “I have realized that it is no longer politic to continue as NSA to the President and so, I have decided to migrate to another agency where my expertise on foreign, defense and security policy will be of use and I shall continue to help build a better Philippines.”

The CPBRD works to “provide the House of Representatives with technical service in the formulation of national economic, fiscal and social policies.”

Año served as DILG secretary from 2018 to 2022. He was also the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and commanding general of the Philippine Army. (LMY, PJB)