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Duterte appoints DOH chief’s brother as new PCA chief

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Gonzalo Duque, the brother of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as the administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday.

“With his credentials, we expect a man of competence and integrity in the likes of Mr. Duque to champion the cause of the Filipino coconut farmers,” said Panelo.

Duterte appointed Duque to the Social Security Commission of the Social Security System in 2017.

He led the Coverage, Collection and Related Matters committee.

Duque is currently facing a corruption case before the Office of the Ombudsman over his family’s lease of a building to the Ilocos regional office of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

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