Commission on Appointments confirms Cabinet secretaries, ambassadors

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) — The appointments of two more former military men to the Duterte Cabinet have been confirmed.

The Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed Wednesday the appointments of Eduardo Año as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Rolando Joselito Bautista as Secretary of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD).

Año and Bautista were appointed late last year and have been serving in an acting capacity, as President Rodrigo Duterte has made it repeatedly clear his preference of appointing former military men to his Cabinet.

READ: Duterte defends military appointments to Cabinet anew

The CA also approved the appointment of former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Aileen Lizada as Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission.

It also approved the following appointments to ambassador positions:

  • Noel Euguene Eusebio Mejica Servicon - Permanent Representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Ma. Theresa Cruz Daza - Ambassador to Chile, with concurrent jurisdiction over Ecuador and Peru
  • Christopher Baltazar Montero - Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
  • Former Manila Rep. Ramon Sevilla Bagatsing, Jr. - Ambassador to India
  • Noel Albano Wong - Ambassador to the Republic of Korea