MUSICIAN Aiza Seguerra and her partner, actress Liza Diño, staunch supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte during the election campaign, have been named heads of two government agencies.
Seguerra, who became a household name as a noontime TV child star, was appointed chairperson of the National Youth Commission while Diño was named chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Both will have three-year terms of office.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella announced the appointments in a statement sent to reporters. “Ms. Cariza Y. Seguerra has been appointed as Chairperson, National Youth Commission for a term of three years,” he said.
Seguerra will replace Gio Tingson while Diño will take over director Briccio Santos’ job.
The Kabataan party-list group immediately welcomed Seguerra’s appointment.
“We have all witnessed Mr. Seguerra’s growth as a firebrand change-maker, with him and his wife Liza Diño actively engaging in vital issues including the plight of our Lumad brothers and sisters. We also note his active role in promoting Philippine culture and the arts,” it said in a statement.
Seguerra and Diño were married in same-sex wedding rites in San Francisco in 2014.
The appointment did not come as a surprise as former senator Francisco Tatad, in his July 19 column for The Manila Times, wrote that Seguerra could become the chairperson of the youth commission.
The President has named a number of his celebrity supporters to government posts.
Duterte earlier appointed TV host Arnell Ignacio as assistant vice president for the community relations and services department of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) while singer Jimmy Bondoc was given the post of assistant vice president for entertainment also at Pagcor.
The President has also named businessman, singer and composer Ramon “RJ” Jacinto as presidential adviser on economic affairs and information technology and TV host Kat de Castro as Tourism undersecretary.