Duterte names OICs to DOH, DICT

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has named officers-in-charge (OICs) to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Health (DOH).

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr will serve as OIC in place of former DICT secretary Rodolfo Salalima, whom Duterte fired for allegedly "favoring" Globe Telecom.

DOH Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle will serve as OIC in place of former secretary Paulyn Ubial, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments.

Duterte named Rio and Valle as OICs through separate memos issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, "effective immediately."

The memos were signed Tuesday, October 10, and were released to the media Thursday, October 12. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.