Singson paves the way for next leadership

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DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has paved the way for a bumpless transition to the incoming government in the department.

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The outgoing secretary heads the DPWH Presidential Transition Committee, with the department’s five undersecretaries as members.

“Detailed briefing about the DPWH operation as part of the transition process for the turnover of leadership to Congressman Villar has been given by Secretary Singson,” the DPWH said in a statement.

Incoming president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has named Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar as his cabinet secretary for DPWH.

The 38-year-old lawmaker, son of real estate mogul and former senator Manuel Villar and entrepreneurship champion Senator Cynthia Villar, has accepted the offer and vowed not to allow his family’s business empire to benefit from his position once he assumes the post of DPWH chief.

Villar has tried to dispel speculations of conflict of interest, which arose from the fact that his family’s mass housing-based integrated property business empire has subdivisions and other real estate projects spread all over the country.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is poised to have a special election in Las Piñas to fill up the congressional post to be vacated by Villar.

“By accepting the DPWH portfolio, he is deemed to have chosen not to assume the post for congressman for the lone district of Las Piñas,” election lawyer Manuelito Luna said. “The Comelec will call for a special election within 60 days from the time of the vacancy.”

Luna clarified, however, that Villar need not file his resignation as congressman, as he is yet supposed to assume his new term as district representative after June 30, when the Duterte administration is set for inauguration.

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