MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte appointed another former military man to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a document released by the Palace on Friday showed.
In an appointment paper dated Jan. 23, Duterte appointed Felicisimo Calacat Budiongan as DSWD undersecretary, replacing Hope Hervilla, one of the three former leftist DSWD officials sacked by the chief executive.
The DSWD is currently led by former Army chief Rolando Bautista.
The Presidential Management Staff confirmed that Budiongan had served as assistant division commander of the Army’s Mechanized Infantry Division from Nov. 2016 to August 2018.
Duterte has repeatedly defended his appointment of former military officials to various government posts, saying they are more professional and delivers faster compared to career officials.
Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, who also serves as the President’s chief legal counsel, said there was nothing unconstitutional about Duterte’s appointment of former military officials to the bureaucracy as they are now technically civilians.