Attorney Samuel Pagdilao Jr.
Attorney Samuel Pagdilao Jr. is a former Officer of the Philippine National Police whose outstanding achievements are his legacy to government service. He is a shining sample of character excellence and career professionalism. Sammy, as he is familiarly called by those who admire his style, possesses the quintessential qualities of an iconic police official, an inspiring leader, a lawyer, a civic minded person, a devoted family man and a . He is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Many are thankful that they were given the opportunity to work with him.
His achievements in the police service and in the civic sector qualified him to win a coveted . The TOFIL is He also won . Following his retirement in the PNP as the Director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG is the premier investigative arm of the Philippine National Police) with the rank of Police Director, he is currently the Secretary General and one of the three nominees of the and the founder of the .
He was included in a book, “Filipino Achievers,” published by Quezon City Representative Winnie Castelo which featured inspiring stories of outstanding Filipino men and women who have excelled in their respective fields.
In 1980, he received special training in England under the British Royal Marines Commando and later joined some of his colleagues in founding the elite unit of the PNP – the . He also received specialized training at the (FBINA) in Virginia, U.S.A. He was our country’s representative to the U.S.-led coalition in planning and executing “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to liberate Iraq from Sadam Hussein.
On top of being a law enforcer, Pagdilao is also a lawyer. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas in 1988 and passed the Bar in the same year with high marks. He then taught law at the MLQU and Arellano Law Schools.
Pagdilao’s extensive knowledge in law enforcement, community mobilization and information operations, which he derived from the FBINA, have given him the edge especially in the investigation of . Among these cases were the investigation and eventual filing of plunder charges against those who figured in the spurious purchase of .
Atty. Pagdilao was also the former . He is the first nationwide host of the NBN-4 survey topper, – a program which he conceptualized and first initiated when he was the Chief of the PNP’s Public Information Office.
Pagdilao also wrote several manuals and policies that have been adopted by the PNP and DILG. Among them are: the PNP Media Relations Policy, the Interim Rules for the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) and the Commander’s Handbook in Dealing with a Hostage Situation – which were extensively used by the DILG for training mayors, chiefs of police and other government officials in crisis management.
In 2010, while Regional Director of Western Visayas, he guided the Peace and Order Council (POC) into organizing the , pushed for the training of local executives in crisis management in response to the August 23, 2010 Luneta Grandstand Hostage fiasco—an effort which was warmly supported by the LGU and later adopted by the Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) nationwide.
Pagdilao, who was meritoriously promoted three times for outstanding achievements in police operations, stands out for his notable contributions to the success of the government’s anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism efforts. He is also recognized for the outstanding innovations that he introduced to police operations and community mobilization, which left a lasting impact on the economic and social way of life of the people in places where he was previously assigned as commander. For these, he became a recipient of more than 50 commendations from former Presidents Fidel V Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other high ranking official in government service.
, he implemented – protecting children from internet predators and the Community Investigative Support (CIS) – a nationwide organization of civilian volunteers with more than 80,0000 (30,000 of which are youths and students) members supporting the CIDG in its advocacy in enjoining the community to help the police in solving crimes, busting organized crime groups and in delivering socially relevant civic works to the community.
His leadership though does not end in the PNP. He will serve as District Governor of in 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Governor, Past President and Chair of various District Committees. As President of the RC New Manila East in RI District 3780, Quezon City in RY1999-2000 where he successfully acquired the Club’s first-ever Matching Grant that supported the Caloocan Police Clean Water Project and money lending Cooperative.