Duterte appoints Prospero de Vera as CHED OIC

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Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero De Vera

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 26) - Higher Education Commissioner Prospero de Vera is now officer-in-charge of the agency.

The Office of the President signed the memorandum appointing De Vera to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) post on Wednesday, and released to the media on Friday.

De Vera replaced Chairperson Patricia Licuanan who was dismissed by President Rodrigo Duterte on January 15. But Licuanan said she resigned upon Malacañang's request.

Licuanan has been questioned for various issues, including accusations of going on trips abroad without the  President's approval.

She continued to dispute what she called "false and baseless accusations," adding she decided to step down as her presence "will only attract more controversy harmful to the agency."

"The accusations hurled against me — excessive travel, then traveling without permission from Malacañang, now misuse of k to 12 transition funds for teachers — are all false and made up by people in CHED who want me out," Licuanan said.

Licuanan was first appointed CHED Chairperson in July 2010. She was reappointed in 2014, and was expected to end her term in July 2018.

Duterte has sacked several Cabinet members and government officials over alleged corrupt practices.

The President, whose campaign promise includes eradicating corruption in the government, said the public can expect more officials to be fired.