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‘Di naman demotion: Lapeña calls TESDA transfer ‘upward’ movement

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By Prince Golez

Outgoing Customs chief Isidro Lapeña believes his transfer to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is a “movement upward.”

In a speech during the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard, President Duterte announced on Thursday the appointment of Maritime Industry Authority chief Rey Leonardo Guererro to the Bureau of Customs, replacing Lapeña.

“It’s something that will be good for everyone. It’s a promotion for me actually. It’s (Duterte’s) way of instituting reforms, and I accept that,” the BOC official said.

“Well, I’ve been given another job. It’s a promotion. I’d like to thank the President for this another opportunity to serve in another capacity,” he added.

Asked if he still has the trust and confidence of Duterte, Lapeña replied instantly, “Yes, of course! It’s a promotion, a Cabinet secretary so the trust is there.”

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