Abella, Sandra Cam among new appointees

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A FORMER jueteng whistle-blower and President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former spokesperson were among the new presidential appointees who took their oath at Malacañang on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Former presidential spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella took his oath as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, and Sandra Cam, for her part, took her oath as a member of the board of directors of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Ms. Cam gained prominence more than a decade ago when she implicated the husband and a son of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to jueteng.

Like Ms. Arroyo, Ms. Cam is a leading supporter of Mr. Duterte, who endorsed her senatorial candidacy in 2016.

“This is not a political position at makikita po niyo (and you’ll see), give me at least three months, I will prove to those detractors that they are wrong,” Ms. Cam in an interview with the media said regarding her appointment.

Manuel C. Suntay, president of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association, was also appointed to the PCSO board. — RAZ