Marcos appoints 3 more Cabinet men

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has added more names to his cabinet by appointing J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera as 3rd Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Malacañang announced Saturday.

Press Secretary Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said the president also named Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz to chair the Commission on Governance of Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations and the former lawmaker Franz Josef George Alvarez as Acting President and CEO of the Philippines. National Petroleum Company (PNOC).

De Vera has served as CHEd Commissioner since September 2016 and was appointed by former President Rodrigo Duterte as CHEd Chair in October 2018 to serve until July 21, 2022.

Before joining the Duterte administration, de Vera served as vice president of public affairs at the University of the Philippines from 2011 to 2016.

De Vera was the first ever CHEd commissioner, who openly supported the free tuition bill pending in Congress in 2016, a campaign promise by Duterte.

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CHEd’s most important mandate is the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10931, Duterte’s most important social justice program – free higher education.

De Vera is a known strong advocate for increased state funding for higher education and led the formulation of rules and regulations implementing RA 10931 and accelerating its implementation.

Meanwhile, Quiroz brings with him more than 25 years of judicial experience, starting as a Metropolitan Court (MeTC) judge and then as a Regional Court of First Instance judge.

Prior to his appointment to the anti-corruption court, Quiroz was the presiding judge of Pasig MeTC Branch 156 and also worked for the Office of the Solicitor General.

Alavarez was a representative of the first legislative district of the province of Palawan.

In the May 2019 elections, Alvarez ran under the banner of the National Unity Party without any opponents.

Alvarez, son of former Palawan representative Antonio Alvarez, had voted no to ABS-CBN’s application for the broadcast franchise.

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