MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has named Rico Escalona Puno as undersecretary at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda confirmed Puno's appointment via a text message to ABS-CBN News.
Puno had been a member of Aquino's staff since the president's days as a lawmaker.
As Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Puno will oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Puno replaced DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus on Monday. -- report from Willard Cheng, ABSC-CBN News