Duterte appoints ex-SSS commissioner La ViAa as tourism exec

MANILAPresident Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Social Security System (SSS) Commissioner Jose Gabriel Pompee La ViAa as Undersecretary of the Department of Tourism.

La ViAa's appointment paper, which was sent to media on Wednesday, was signed on April 24.

Last February, it was announced that Duterte decided not to renew La ViAa's appointment as SSS Commissioner. He had been serving in the SSS in a hold-over capacity.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was mum when sought for a comment but noted that La ViAa's appointment was presidential prerogative.

Roque, meanwhile, reminded all public officials that Duterte will not tolerate even a whiff of corruption.

Let this be a reminder to all public officials that the President is serious in curbing corruption and has strong resolve to promote good governance, Roque said.

La ViAa was Duterte's social media director during the 2016 elections.

Source: Philippine News Agency