PNoy appoints 4th Akbayan nominee

By Delon Porcalla, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jan 04 2013 07:52 AM | Updated as of Jan 04 2013 10:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Another official of the Akbayan party-list group gets a post in the Aquino government.

Tomasito Villarin will be replacing Ibarra Gutierrez, who resigned last year to run for Akbayan party-list representative, as undersecretary for political affairs.

Villarin is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas, where he obtained his economics degree.

President Aquino has appointed several Akbayan officials and members to various government agencies.

Among them was its founding chairman, former Akbayan party-list representative Etta Rosales, who was named chairman of the Commission on Human Rights.

Rosales enjoys a seven-year fixed term, which ends a year after Aquino steps down.

Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Ronaldo Llamas and National Anti-Poverty Commission’s Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel are also members of Akbayan.

Baraquel is also in the senatorial ticket of the administration Liberal Party.

At least 10 Akbayan members were also appointed to the Bureau of Customs.

Left-wing party-list groups have called for the delisting of Akbayan, saying they are now “well-entrenched” in government and could not claim to represent a marginalized sector.