Duterte appoints Melvin Mitra as PCUP commissioner

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Melvin Mitra of Liga Independencia Pilipinas as commissioner for the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP). 

Duterte signed Mitra's appointment papers last Monday, March 19. Mitra takes the post of commissioner Noe Indonto.

LOOK: #PresidentDuterte appoints Melvin Mitra as new PCUP commissioner. He is 5th one appointed meaning Duterte has now completely replaced the 5 PCUP execs he fired. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/i66DcQrF3V — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) March 21, 2018


Mitra is convenor of Liga Independencia Pilipinas which has been supportive of Duterte and openly condemned his critics, including United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, members of the Liberal Party, and leftists. 

With Mitra's appointment, Duterte has replaced all the PCUP officials he fired for supposedly excessive travels and for not meeting regularly as a collegial body. Among these executives was the cousin of his partner Honeylet Avanceña. 

Mitra joins other newly-appointed PCUP officials: chairman Noel Felongco and commissioners Romeo Jandugan, Randy Halasan, and Norman Baloro. Halasan and Baloro both hail from Mindanao. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.