Duterte appointments
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October 15, 2018

President Duterte attends the change of command ceremony of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.

Maj. Gen. Macairog Alberto, chief of the Armed Forces' Intelligence Service, is taking over as commanding general of the 98,000-strong Army.

Prior to his appointment, the Armed Forces of the Philippines bared a supposed "Red October" plot led by communist rebels and allegedly involving Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV's Magdalo and the Liberal Party. All parties allegedly involved denied the existence of the supposed plot.

Nevertheless, the government said last week that the plot had fizzled out but that rebels will try again in December. 

October 12, 2018

Teddy Locsin Jr., who currently serves as the Philippines' Permanent Representative to the United Nations, confirms he will be the next Foreign Affairs chief. 

He will be replacing Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who will be running for Congress. Cayetano on Thursday, October 12, said he would be seeking the House speakership if he wins.


October 9, 2018

Taguiwalo says that historically, no general has been appointed as DSWD chief even during Martial Law.

"I think the DSWD has a mandate of providing assistance to vulnerable groups, marginalized groups. And historically, it has been a civilian position even during the martial law period it was headed by a social worker, a doctor of medicine, a development worker or even an economist but never a military man."

"... Social welfare requires [a] participatory process. We place premium on the dignity of an individual, providing them choices and the process even in the department is consultative. So, we have regular meetings which is very much different from how a military organization functions so it is very hierarchical, you obey the commander-in-chief or the general."

October 9, 2018

Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo expresses dismay over the appointment of a military general to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development, citing the clashing natures of the two agencies.

"We're not talking about General Bautista per se here. We're talking about the principle of civilian supremacy over the military... We're talking of experience and background in a different field," she says in an interview over CNN Philippines' "The Source." 

"Why not give it, there are so many qualified, I think, social workers, social development workers who have been in the department for so long or else have been doing assistance to vulnerable groups and communities for the longest time."

Retiring Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the next social welfare secretary.

September 24, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol denies he wants Jason Aquino back as administrator of the National Food Authority.

"I don't have the power to decide on the fate of Jason Aquino... The fact is that the president's replacement for Jason Aquino, Gen. Rolly Bautista, will only assume mid-October... Now, until such time, since wala pa naman sinasabi si presidente na sinisibak niya si Aquino, Aquino remains as NFA administrator until such time that Gen. Rolly Bautista takes over," he says.

Aquino has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to be relieved from his post amid the country's rice woes. Duterte had faced criticism for allowing Aquino to resign instead of firing him.

Duterte last week said he would be appointing Army chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista as administrator of the embattled NFA.

June 25, 2018

The Judicial and Bar Council finishes drafting a shortlist of nominees who will next take a seat at the Supreme Court, according to a report by The STAR. The nominees are:

  • SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Reyes
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Javier
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas
  • Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Hernando
  • Ex-Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva

President Rodrigo Duterte will pick one of them to take the seat of SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who is set to retire in August. - with Edu Punay

June 4, 2018

President Duterte picks Dr. Roy Ferrer as the new PhilHealth chief. 

He is replacing Celestina Ma. Jude Dela Serna who faced controversy amid reports on her excessive trips and costly accommodations.



May 30, 2018

Guevarra gets appointment body's nod as the country's justice secretary.

This comes a day after the commission confirmed Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as tourism chief in a swift hearing that lasted around six minutes.

May 30, 2018

Menardo Guevarra faces the Commission on Appointment for his confirmation hearing as justice secretary.

May 24, 2018

President Duterte appoints Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Assistant Secretary Jesus Fajardo as Customs deputy commissioner, The STAR's Christina Mendez reports.

May 9, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's appointment as the new tourism chief is a big loss to the Agriculture department.

She is a big loss to the DA especially in our marketing advocacies. But, I am happy for her. Looking at the brighter side, she and I could now work closely and coordinate our efforts and funding in promoting farm tourism and agri-tourism. Knowing her work habits and her honesty as a public official, I know she will excel as tourism secretary.

— with Louise Maureen Simeon

April 16, 2018

Dela Rosa says he believes he was able to bring back the public's trust to the PNP during his term.

"But generally, naniniwala ako na naibalik ko yung respeto ng taumbayan dahil noon kumpara ngayon, noon pinapabayaan yung problema sa droga ngayon po ay talagang inaaddress ng inyong PNP."

The PNP was taken out of the government's war on drugs, which it has been leading since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power, twice over credibility and human rights concerns.

The first time was in February 2017 after the murder of Korean Jee Ick-Joo by cops right inside Camp Crame. 

The second time was in October 2017 after Duterte's satisfaction ratings significantly dropped amid protests triggered by the death of minors in the hands of Caloocan City cops.

April 16, 2018

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa delivers his final flag ceremony speech as the country's top cop with a vow that the war on drugs will continue under the new leadership. 

National Capital Region Police Office chief Oscar Albayalde will be the next PNP chief while Dela Rosa will assume his post as the next director of the Bureau of Corrections.

He also announces that the Bell 429 helicopter the PNP has purchased has arrived. The chopper is expected to enhance the flexibility of operations by providing air support to cops on the ground.

Dela Rosa says the lowest points in his career as PNP chief were the Jee Ick Joo "Tokhang for ransom" case and the Senate probe into the government's crackdown on drugs.

April 16, 2018

Menardo Guevarra addresses Department of Justice personnel for the first time as justice secretary.

He says his only ambition is to do his job well before retiring in the private company of his grandchildren.

"This is the mandate the president gave me: Do what is right," he says.

The former senior deputy executive secretary says the DOJ is suffering from a huge image problem.

"It looks solid but its structural integrity is suspect both literally and metaphorically," he says.

"So it is my personal mission to restore the DOJ's dignified and respectable image."

Guevarra replaced former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre who resigned after drawing flak for the DOJ's handling of controversial cases, especially the dismissal of raps against alleged drug lords.

READ: Six controversial cases that earned Aguirre criticism

April 5, 2018

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra is the new Justice secretary, presidential spokesman Harry Roque says.

Guevarra replaces Vitaliano Aguirre II, whose resignation President Rodrigo Duterte said earlier Thursday that he had accepted. Aguirre's resignation comes after reports that he would be fired this week.

Guevarra's government service includes work in the 2010 Philippine Truth Commission, a stint as deputy executive secretary for legal affairs of the Office of the President in 2015 and as commissioner on the Philippine Competition Commission n February 2016.

He studied law at Ateneo de Manila, where he also took up Political Science as an undergraduate. He has a graduate degree in Economics.

President Rodrigo Duterte says National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde will be the next Philippine National Police chief.

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