3 other Cabinet members appointed

(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has reappointed J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera 3rd as Chairman of the Commission for Higher Education (CHEd), Malacañang announced Saturday.

Press Secretary Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said the president also named Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz to chair the Commission on Governance of Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations and the former lawmaker Franz Josef George Alvarez as Acting President and CEO of the Philippines. National Oil Company (PNOC).

De Vera was previously appointed CHEd Commissioner by former President Rodrigo Duterte with a term from October 2018 to July 21, 2022.

Before joining the Duterte administration, de Vera served as vice president of public affairs at the University of the Philippines from 2011 to 2016.

De Vera was the first-ever CHEd commissioner to openly support the Free Tuition Bill, a Duterte campaign promise pending in Congress since 2016.

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CHEd’s most important mandate is the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10931 – Free Higher Education – Duterte’s primary social justice agenda.

De Vera, a strong advocate of publicly funded higher education, spearheaded the formulation of the rules and regulations implementing RA 10931.

Quiroz, on the other hand, has more than 25 years of experience in the judicial field, starting as a judge at the Metropolitan Court of First Instance (MeTC) and then as a judge at the Regional Court of First Instance.

Prior to his appointment to the anti-corruption court, Quiroz was the presiding judge of Pasig MeTC Branch 156 and also worked for the Office of the Solicitor General.

Alvarez, meanwhile, served as a representative of the first legislative district of the province of Palawan.

He ran unopposed in the May 2019 elections under the banner of the National Unity Party.

Alvarez, son of former Palawan representative Antonio Alvarez, had voted against granting ABS-CBN a new broadcast franchise.

Marcos also appointed Rosalia Villegas de Leon as Treasurer of the Philippines, Emmanuel Buenaflor Salamat as Executive Director of the National Secretariat of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict, Epimaco Verano Densing 3rd Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Ferdinand Galvez Sevilla as President of the Philippine Public Safety College, and Benny Diaz Antiporda as Acting Administrator and Board Member of the National Irrigation Administration.

Other new appointees are Monica Prieto Teodoro as the President’s Special Envoy to the United Nations Children’s Fund, Philippe Jones Lhuiller as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Spain, including the Islands Canary Islands, and Pedro Ramirez Laylo as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Israel.

“The following people were named during the week,” Cruz-Angeles said in a text message.

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