Ramon Jacinto named economic adviser

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed musician and businessman Ramon “RJ” Jacinto as Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications. He will have the rank of undersecretary.

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Jacinto was among the celebrity endorsers of Duterte during the presidential elections.

He is known for founding a rock-and-roll radio station, DZRJ, and other businesses in the music industry, including RJ Guitars and Bistro RJ in Makati, a music lounge and restaurant.

He graduated with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in economics.

Duterte also appointed two retired military generals — Arthur Tabaquero as Presidential adviser on military affairs and Raymundo Elefante as Defense undersecretary for finance, ammunitions, installations and materials.

Tabaquero, member of Philippine Military Academy class of 1978, previously served as commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao command.

Prior to his retirement last year, Elefante was the commander of the Air Force Reserved Command.

The President also reappointed Gamaliel Cordoba as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission. Cordova was first named to the post by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009.

Two deputy commissioners of the Bureau of Internal Revenue were also appointed by the President. They are Lanee David, a former lawyer of pork barrel scam suspect Janet Napoles, and Jesus Clint Aranas, a tax lawyer.

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