Photo from PCUP website
MANILA, Philippines – Yet another official previously fired by President Rodrigo Duterte has been given a new government post.
Manuel Serra Jr, one of the 5 Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) executives axed by Duterte in December 2017, has been named a member of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) governing board.
Serra will serve the unexpired term of Abundio dela Torre, which ends in a few weeks, on June 30.
The 5 PCUP officials, including its former chairman Terry Ridon, were sacked allegedly for excessive foreign travels and lack of meetings as a collegial body.
Melissa Aradanas, another of the dismissed PCUP officials, was appointed deputy commissioner at the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council by Duterte last March.
Aradanas happens to be a cousin of Duterte's longtime partner, Honeylet Avanceña.
Thus, Serra is the 3rd official to have been fired by Duterte and appointed back to government.
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