Pres. Duterte Transfers Lapeña to TESDA; Names Guerrero as New BOC Chief

The tough-talking President of the Republic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decided to transfer veteran military man turned Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and he will replaced by MARINA Administrator Rey Leonardo Borja Guerero.

The decision was made by Pres. Duterte amid the probe on smuggling of multi-billion shabu shipment into the country involving some operatives of the BOC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The President announced his decision in front of military and government officials, during the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Port Area, Manila.

During the speech of Pres. Duterte he was quoted as saying "General Lapeña will move to TESDA. I will promote you to a Cabinet member position,” Duterte said.

“So, Sid (Lapeña) ‘yung trabaho ng (work there in )TESDA it’s quite something of a --- it could be messy at times. But I’m sure your training as a military man, just like Jagger (Guerrero), would all go well for the country,” he added.

The former PDEA and BOC Chief, Isidro Lapeña will fill up the post vacated by former TESDA Director-General Guiling Mamondiong who stepped down to run for governor of Lanao del Sur in the 2019 mid-term elections.

Pres. Duterte also told Guerero "General Jagger Guerrero, you are to move to the Bureau of Customs. I know that you are reluctant to… I know that you are happy there and you are contented, so I’ve heard, but the demands of public service and the need for honest men requires your presence there. Good luck,” Duterte stated.

The former Mayor of Davao City who is now the chief executive said that he will be looking for Guerero's replacement in the MARINA.

Pres. Duterte also revealed that he wanted to implement some minor revamps "downstairs" in the BOC, putting all section department units in floating status. The President also told Guerero to utilize his power to let all department units of the BOC be replaced to the last man including the department heads.

Pres. Duterte wanted the reshuffling effective immediately, asking asking Lapeña and Guerrero to go to Malacañang Palace on Friday for their oath-taking ceremony.

Source: PNA

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