Palace bares Duterte’s new appointees

Published June 1, 2018, 3:16 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang named President Duterte’s four new appointees after the Chief Executive went on a firing spree on government officials allegedly involved in corruption.

In documents released Friday, Duterte appointed Eduardo Chico Jr. as director at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), replacing Prudencio Reyes Jr.

Malacañang Palace. (Photo by Richard V. Viñas) | Manila Bulletin
Malacañan Palace (Photo by Richard V. Viñas) | Manila Bulletin)

Lawyer John Henry Naga, a San Beda graduate, was appointed as undersecretary at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Naga was the Chief-of-Staff to the DICT Secretary for nine months before assuming the said post.

The appointment papers of Chico and Naga was signed by President Duterte on May 30.

Meanwhile, Duterte named Ju-Haree Tolentino as Prosecutor III (Senior Assistant City Prosecutor) at Pasay City’s Office of the City Prosecutor. He will be replacing Manuel Loteyro.

Tolentino was the Pasay Prosecutor who slapped cyberlibel charges against former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada over his Facebook posts accusing Senator Franklin Drilon of corruption in December last year.

Arsenia Naparate was named Prosecutor I (Associate City Prosecutor) at Mandaue City’s Office of the City prosecutor. She will be replacing Mary Francis Daquipil.

Duterte signed the appointment papers of the prosecutors on May 22.

In a speech Wednesday, Duterte reminded his appointees not to engage in corruption, but instead approach him if they have personal, financial problems.

Last month, Duterte expressed disappointment that some of his appointees, including his closest allies, were involved in corruption, but said that he had no choice but to fire them.