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Ex-UP president Alfredo Pascual named Marcos’ trade secretary

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Ex-UP president Alfredo Pascual named Marcos’ trade secretary
(2nd UPDATE) President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. picks development banker and former UP president Alfredo Pascual as his trade chief
Ex-UP president Alfredo Pascual named Marcos’ trade secretary

MANILA, Philippines – President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday, May 26, named former University of the Philippines (UP) president Alfredo Pascual as his trade secretary.

Pascual served as president and co-chair of the UP Board of Regents from 2011 to 2017. (Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Marcos referred to Pascual as his “friend.” The president-elect’s childhood friend is incoming Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., whose appointment was also announced in Marcos’ briefing. Rappler regrets the error.)

The development banker and finance expert was also adviser to various organizations, including the Philippine Institute for Development Studies and the World Health Organization.

Pascual, 74, was also independent director for Megawide Construction Corporation and lead independent director of SM Investments Corporation.

He is also the current president of the Management Association of the Philippines.

Pascual will succeed Secretary Ramon Lopez at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“With his competence, integrity, energy, and a wide range of experience in different industries, I know he will steer DTI towards greater heights in the years ahead. He is an excellent choice!” Lopez said in a statement on Thursday. –

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.