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6:41 pm on 19 November 2022, Saturday
By Aira Miranda
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has appointed new key officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Malacañang stated on Friday.
The Office of the Executive Secretary announced a list of new presidential appointees, which included retired police officers Pierre Bucsit and Procopio Lipana as PDEA deputy director general and MMDA general manager, respectively, and Frisco San Juan Jr. as MMDA deputy chairperson.
Bucsit, Lipana, and San Juan took their oaths of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Friday, along with Moro Virgilio Lazo, a retired police general who was appointed PDEA director general in October.
Bucsit was the former executive officer of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao, while Lazo was the former chief of the Special Action Force.
Lipana formerly served as the Quezon City Market Development and Administration Department's head of operations and as the QC Police District's deputy director for operations before succeeding former MMDA general manager Baltazar Melgar.
San Juan served as the MMDA's general manager under the Duterte administration, as well as the director of the Pasig River Ferry Service and a former Rizal deputy governor.
Felix Reyes, a retired Marikina City judge, was sworn in as a member of the PCSO Board of Directors on Monday. He has served as president of the Philippine Judges Association.