Catalino Cuy

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Catalino Cuy
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Cuy in 2017
Chairman of Dangerous Drugs Board
Assumed office
January 4, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byDionisio Santiago
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government of the Philippines
In office
April 5, 2017 – December 11, 2017
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byIsmael Sueno
Succeeded byEduardo Año
Undersecretary for Peace and Order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government
In office
July 1, 2016 – April 4, 2017
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Personal details
Catalino Salandanan Cuy

(1957-11-25) November 25, 1957 (age 61)
Alma materMapúa Institute of Technology
Philippine Military Academy
Manuel L. Quezon University

Catalino "Lito" Salandanan Cuy (born November 25, 1957)[1] is a Filipino retired police director and current chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He assumed the role of acting Secretary of the Interior and Local Government on April 5, 2017 upon the departure of Ismael Sueno who was dismissed by President Duterte following corruption allegations.[2]


Cuy completed three years of studying Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology in Manila in 1977. The following year, he moved to Baguio to study at the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated as part of the Dimalupig Class of 1981. Cuy also received a Master degree in Public Administration from the Manuel L. Quezon University in 1994.[1]


Cuy began his career in law enforcement after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1981. He served as an aide of President Fidel Ramos before being assigned in Mindanao to join the Philippine National Police (PNP).[2] He served as the Provincial Director of the Davao Oriental Police Office for three years starting 2002.[3] In 2005, he was appointed as the Director of the Davao City Police Office under then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.[4] As Davao police chief, he, along with 20 other police officers, was charged with negligence in 2012 and fined an equivalent of a month's salary by the Office of the Ombudsman for failing to control the summary killings by the alleged Davao death squads between 2005 and 2008.[5] Following his stint in Mindanao, he became the Deputy Director for Personnel and Records Management in 2009.[6]

In 2010, Cuy was appointed as Commander of the PNP Special Action Force.[1] Two years later, he served as Director for Human Resource and Doctrine Development before being designated as Director for Personnel and Records Management by then Director General Alan Purisima in December 2012.[7] Upon retirement from the PNP, Cuy joined the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte as DILG Undersecretary in July 2016, and as officer-in-charge of the department in April 2017.[2] He was appointed chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board on January 4, 2018.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, Inc. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Porcalla, D.; Mendez, C.; Romero, P.; Felipe, C.S. (6 April 2017). "Ex-Davao police chief is DILG OIC". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  3. ^ Alama, R.G. (22 March 2005). "New PNP chief for Davao Oriental". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. ^ Palacio, R. (31 May 2005). "Cuy bats for one strong PNP in fighting criminality". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Ombudsman Morales penalizes 21 PNP officers over Davao Death Squad". Ombudsman of the Philippines. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  6. ^ Philippine News Service (3 July 2009). "Gatdula gets 2nd star, GMA promotes 7 PNP generals". Asian Journal USA. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  7. ^ Ramos, M. (26 December 2012). "PNP chief names officials to 5 key posts". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  8. ^ Corrales, Nestor. "Duterte names Cuy as new DDB chief". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ismael Sueno
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
Officer in Charge

Succeeded by
Eduardo Año