New Aquino appointments bared
President Aquino has appointed retired Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarma, a highly decorated officer who led the creation of the first Marines Reconnaissance Battalion in 1995, as undersecretary of the Department of National Defense, a Malacanang official said on Sunday.
Deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said Ecarma, who was commander of the Presidential Guards from 1999 to 2001, replaced Proceso Domingo, who midnight appointee during the past administration and was removed from the service.
Ecarma once served as head of mission of the United Nations Disengagement and Observer Force in the Golan Heights with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General. He also served as assistant chief of staff for intelligence of the Philippine Marine Corps.
Aquino also appointed as assistant secretaries to the Department of Transportation and Communication Rear Admiral Lino Dabi of the Philippine Coast Guard; Edwin Lopez of the army’s intelligence security unit; and Jaime Caringal, an expert on maritime law.
Other presidential appointments include Eulogia Cueva as member of the Road Board, representing the transport and motorist organizations; Sheila Centino as deputy executive director of the Performance and Projects Management Office under the Office of the Cabinet Secretary.
Algamar Latiph as chairperson of the Regional Human Rights Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; Pollyana Escano as chairperson of Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Valentino Mangila as chairman of the Board for Master Plumbers with Pedrito Camilet and Prospero Abellano as board members.
Teresita Yambot, Mary Rose Paredes and Maria Elizabeth Valconcha as members of the Board of Optometry; Alnar Detalla as chairman of the Board of Electronics; Herminio Orbe and Enrico Delmoro as board members.
Rosario Gaetos as member of the Board of Governors of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions; and Ronald Naguit as executive director of the Pasig Rehabilitation Commission.
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