MANILA - Former Social Security System commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña took his oath on Monday as an undersecretary of the Department of Tourism.
La Viña's oath taking was presided by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo at the agency's office.
La Viña replaced former tourism undersecretary Rolando Cañizal. The former SSS official was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte last April 24.
During his stint in the SSS, La Viña was embroiled in various controversies, among them his alleged request for a P26-million funding for a social media project "with him as TV host" and a P1.6-million monthly allocation for a media advertising program. Both funding requests were denied, he earlier said.
In January, La Viña filed administrative complaints against 21 SSS officials before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly anomalous media contracts. He also accused several SSS officials of insider trading.
La Viña’s appointment as SSS commissioner was not renewed in February this year, along with then SSS chairman Amado Valdez.--report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News