MANILA - Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla remains at the helm of the bureau, Malacañang said yesterday, denying reports that he was on the way out once again.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she did not have any information on Sevilla’s resignation.
“As far as I know, the BOC (Bureau of Customs) is headed by Commissioner Sunny Sevilla,” she said.
Based on reports, the resignation of Sevilla and Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa were awaiting action by President Aquino.
The reports added Sevilla’s replacement would be former Customs commissioner Bert Lina.
Valte added she could not confirm reports naming possible candidates for various positions in government.
President Aquino is said to be eyeing police Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta or Director Ricardo Marquez as next PNP chief to replace Director General Alan Purisima, who resigned.
“I cannot tell you about that at this time,” Valte said when asked to confirm the rumors.
PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina had tendered his courtesy resignation to give Aquino a free hand in choosing the next national police chief, since he would be retiring in July.
Aquino said acceptance of Espina’s resignation would depend on his replacement.
The President praised Espina for being honorable and for his love for the institution and the country in a chance interview with reporters in Tarlac City on Friday.
Aquino is also set to fill vacancies in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The President said the person he was considering to head the Comelec, who was reportedly retired Supreme Court associate justice Adolf Azcuna, expressed hesitation to take on the job.
Aquino added he would interview another candidate this week.
The President said he would announce his appointees at the proper time when asked if Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. would head the CSC.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Joel Villanueva is said to be Aquino’s choice to replace Coloma in the communications office.
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