Philippine President-elect appoints new Cabinet based on trust, credentials (3)

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Other new members of the Cabinet include Bro. Armin Luistro, president of De La Salle University (Education Secretary); Makati Business Club Executive Director Alberto Lim (Tourism Secretary); Jose Rene Almendras, President of utilities firm Manila Water Co. (Energy Secretary); former Quezon Representative Proceso Alcala ( Agriculture Secretary); Ramon Paje, former Undersecretary of environment and natural resources department (Environment Secretary); Enrique Ona, one of the founding doctors of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (Health Secretary); Gregory Domingo, former Trade Undersecretary (Trade Secretary); Rogelio Singson, President and CEO of Maynilad Water Services ( Public Works and Highways Secretary); agrarian reform lawyer Virgilio delos Reyes (Agrarian Reform Secretary); and engineer Mario Montejo (Science and Technology Secretary).

Acting Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, current Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa were retained. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles returned to their posts.

Northern Luzon Command Chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo David was appointed Armed Forces Chief of Staff while Col. Ramon Mateo Dizon, commander of the joint special operations group of the Armed Forces, will head the Presidential Security Group.

Lawyer and Aquino's campaign spokesman Edwin Lacierda is now the Presidential Spokesman. Aquino's Presidential legal counsel will be Ed de Mesa. Patricia Licuanan, president of Miriam College, was appointed chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education.

Kim Jacinto-Henares, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, was appointed Commissioner.

Aquino is yet to name the Customs Commissioner, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and head of the media communications group.Source:Xinhua
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