Duterte gives new gov't post to sacked labor exec from left

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2019 12:17 PM

MANILA -- Former labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod was appointed to a new government post, nearly 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him following differences with the left, according to a document released by Malacanang.

Maglunsod was named Executive Director III at the National Maritime Polytechnic, according to an appointment letter dated Jan. 25.

He was he last of the leftists to leave the Duterte Cabinet last October after peace talks between Manila and the communist leadership bogged down.

Duterte also appointed Ana Colting Dione as new labor undersecretary, replacing Maglunsod, based on the document. Dione is a former regional director at the Department of Labor and Employment.

Maglunsod was one of the last left-leaning officials in the Duterte Cabinet who was given the boot by the President, as ties between the government and the Left soured.

Kelvin Lester King Lee was appointed as Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission, replacing Emilio Aquino, for a term expiring on Dec. 2, 2023.

Francis Laurel was appointed member of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents for a term expiring on Nov. 14, 2020.

Antonio Nilayan Gardiola Jr. was named board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, replacing Aileen Lizada who was appointed by the President as Civil Service Commission commissioner.

Paul Christian Mendoza Cervantes was appointed member of the Energy Regulatory Commission, replacing Geronimo Sta. Ana, for a term expiring on July 10, 2020.

Rodolfo Ruiz Drapete was appointed member of the Profession Regulatory Board of Dentistry for a term of three years, replacing Rannier F. Reyes.

Alain Russ Gavino Dimzon was named part-time commissioner at the Commission on the Filipino Language, while Edgardo Bernardo Quiros was appointed Assistant Director at the National Library of the Philippines.