Trade union spokesperson appointed to social welfare post for ex-rebels 

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PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has appointed Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) spokesperson Alan A. Tanjusay as Social Welfare Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace. 

Mr. Tanjusay confirmed his appointment in a statement sent via Viber. 

“I am, therefore, relinquishing my post as spokesperson and advocacy director of the Associated Labor Unions-TUCP,” he said. 

With his new post, Mr. Tanjusay is expected to oversee the government’s psycho-social and welfare services to former rebels and extremists and their families. 

Meanwhile, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Mr. Marcos is already considering someone to lead the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO). 

“Someone is already being considered. We cannot disclose it yet. So, let’s just wait. We will not deny it,” she told a televised news conference. 

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero earlier urged Mr. Marcos to immediately appoint a “high-caliber Cabinet member” as head of the PLLO after the President vetoed five measures approved by the 18th Congress. 

The measures vetoed by Mr. Marcos included a bill that would have created a special economic zone and freeport in San Miguel Corp.’s airport project in Bulacan province and a tax break for teachers in their service as election officers. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza 

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