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Duterte names new appointees

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte has named 12 new officials, official documents from Malacañang signed January 24 revealed Monday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses members of media after arriving in Davao City early Saturday from a three-day visit to India. (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Duterte (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

It was revealed that Duterte nominated Department of Foreign (DFA) Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Teehankee as permanent representative of the Philippines to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Duterte also named Ombra Jainal as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Czech Republic. Both Teehankee and Jainal will enjoy the salary and emoluments of a Class 1 Chief of Mission or under Salary Grade 29.

At the Department of Finance, the President appointed Stanley Zambarrano as Director III, replacing Richard Uy. Duterte also named Marina de Guzman as Director II at the Bureau of the Internal Revenue (BIR).

Edward Cabase was named Director II at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) under the Department of Transportation (DOTr), replacing Abdulgafar Mohammad.

Duterte also named new appointees at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. Wendell Cabrera was named as Director IV at the Office of the Participatory Governance, while Raquel Abrantes was named Director III at the Strategic Action and Response Office.

At the North Luzon Railways Corporation, Duterte named Eduardo Quintos IV as a member of the board of directors to serve the unexpired term of former Manila Vice Mayor Franciso Domagoso until June 30. Domagoso, more known as “Isko” Moreno, resigned for undisclosed personal reasons.

Duterte also named Herminia Avila as member of the board of directors at the North Luzon Railways Corporation.

The President appointed Honorato Alzate as Director IV at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Duterte named Avelino Tayag as member of the board of directors at the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) Exploration Corporation. He will serve the unexpired term of Gemiliano Lopez Jr. until June 30.

Lastly, Duterte named Nanziancino Dilay as a member of the board of directors at the Philippine Pharma Procurement Inc., to serve the unexpired term of Virgilio Yuzon until June 30.

Duterte has warned his appointees to not involve themselves in corruption or he will not hesitate to fire them.

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