Duterte names new SEC commissioner, MMDA general manager

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2018 01:36 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a new commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission and a new general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), according to appointment papers released by the Palace on Monday.

Duterte picked Javey Paul Durban Francisco as SEC commissioner, replacing Blas James Viterbo who quit his post due to health reasons earlier this year.

Francisco’s term will expire on May 20, 2021.

Duterte has also appointed Jose Arturo Santillan Garcia Jr. as the new MMDA general manager, replacing Thomas Orbos who was appointed as Department of Transportation undersecretary for roads. Garcia was named as MMDA general manager in an OIC capacity last February.

Prior to Garcia’s appointment, Orbos had been serving both the MMDA and DOTr, as general manager and undersecretary, respectively.

Garcia is no stranger to the job at the MMDA, having served the agency as its assistant general manager for planning.

The President also appointed Akmad Sakkam as ambassador to Jordan, with concurrent jurisdiction over the State of Palestine.

Sulpicio Miguel Confiado was also appointed as ambassador to Egypt, with concurrent jurisdictions over Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan.