By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has appointed lawyer Rodolfo D. Robles as the country’s new permanent representative to the United Nations (UN).
Robles will assume the diplomatic post vacated by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. at the UN headquarters in New York City last October, according to the Palace.
The appointment paper of Robles was signed by the President last July 1.
Robles previously served as member of the consultative committee created by President Duterte to review and draft a proposed federal Constitution.
Also appointed by the President is retired army general Ricardo Morales as the new president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Morales replaces Roy Ferrer who, alongside PhilHealth board officers, was recently asked to resign amid the alleged fund irregularities hounding the agency. Duterte earlier wanted a clean slate in the PhilHealth administration following the controversy generated by alleged fraudulent claims.
The President has also appointed Eliseo Rio as Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) after he was replaced by former Senator Gregorio Honasan at the helm of the department.
Honasan took his oath before the President at the Palace last Monday, and later joined his first Cabinet meeting.
Other appointees of the President are Benedicto Malcontento, Prosecutor General of the National Prosecution Service, and Ryan Vincent Uy, Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.