PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as his Special Envoy for overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs) concerns.
Mr. Duterte signed the appointment papers of Mr. Manalo last Tuesday, and Mr. Manalo will be serving in his new capacity until Jan. 29, 2019.
Mr. Manalo is the eldest son of the late Eraño G. Manalo and grandson of Felix Y. Manalo, the founder of the politically influential religious group.
In the 2016 national elections, the INC endorsed Mr. Duterte and Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. for president and vice-president, respectively.
The President also appointed Herman B. Jumilla as Department of Budget and Management (DBM) undersecretary.
Mr. Jumilla assumes the position of Gertrudo A. de Leon whom Mr. Duterte fired in October last year over corruption allegations.
The President signed the appointment papers of Mr. Jumilla last Monday, Feb. 12. — Arjay L. Balinbin