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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed the cousin of his partner Honeylet Avanceña as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

Duterte signed the appointment paper of Melissa Avanceña Aradanas last January 21, 2020.

In 2018, Duterte appointed Aradanas as deputy secretary-general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

She was among the five commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor sacked in 2017 for making excessive foreign travels.

In February last year, Duterte signed Republic Act 11201 creating the DHSUD, which will merge the HUDCC and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

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