Duterte picks Visaya as NIA chief

Duterte picks Visaya as NIA chief

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FILE PHOTO. President Duterte, accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo Visaya, walks past the honor guards at the NAIA Terminal 2 prior to his departure for Vietnam. ROBINSON NIÑAL/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY, March 7, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed retired Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Ricardo Visaya as the replacement for former National Irrigation Administration Peter Lavina.

Duterte made the announcement to the public during a press briefing at Malacanang Tuesday afternoon.

Visaya formerly headed the Armed Forces of the Philippines as the head of the AFP, one of the shortest-serving.

The appointment was made as early as Monday, during the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Palace.

Last month, former NIA head Peter Lavina was tagged in an anomaly in which he was accused of “asking” for “40%.”

However, this was not clarified by any of those involved, including the President.

Lavina immediately resigned.

However, Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco said Lavina’s resignation was not necessarily connected to the allegation.

According to Duterte, Visaya would be the right man for the job, as he had an experience running large organizations.


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