Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III will serve in the incoming Marcos administration as chairman and head representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), the country’s de facto embassy in Taiwan, Politiko has learned.
The 78-year-old Bello will take over the post from The Daily Tribune publisher Wilfredo Fernandez, who was appointed to head MECO by President Rodrigo Duterte last year.
Bello’s nomination to MECO will mark his service under a fifth administration. A law graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University, he served under the late President Corazon Aquino as Justice Secretary, then as Solicitor General during the Ramos administration.
In 1998, Bello was appointed again as Justice Secretary.
He also held various posts under the Arroyo administration, including as chairman of the GRP Negotiating Panel for Peace Talks, Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine National Oil Company- Development & Management Corp. CEO of the Philippine Reclamation Authority, Presidential Adviser for New Government Centers, and Cabinet Secretary.
From 2013 to 2016, Bello was in the House of Representatives as 1-BAP party-list congressman.