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Duterte names new head of Muslim-Filipino commission, other appointees

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed a fellow Mindanaoan, Saidamen Pangarungan, as the new head of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

Pangarungan’s appointment papers, dated July 10, were released by the Palace on Wednesday. He will serve as secretary of the commission for two years.

Pangarungan replaced as commissioner Yasmin Lao, who has been charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged irregular housing accommodation for 3,000 Filipino pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj Season in 2014. He will serve as commissioner for four years.

Prior to his appointment, Pangarungan served as chairman of the Lanao Hydropower Development Corp., governor of Lanao del Sur and undersecretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.


Apart from Pangarungan, Duterte also named Abdulgani Macatoman as undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry and Roberto Alabado 3rd as assistant secretary of the Department of Tourism.

Also appointed as undersecretaries of the Department of Justice (DOJ) were Adrian Ferdinand Sugay, Emmeline Villar and Mark Perete.

Meanwhile, Duterte named Neal Vincent Bainto as DOJ’s assistant secretary, Patricio Bernales Jr. as director 2 of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Charlo Collado as deputy director of the Bureau of Corrections, Julius Hidalgo as register of Deeds 3 of the Land Registry Authority and Paterno Morales as NBI’s director 2. CATHERINE VALENTE

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