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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte named Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo as his Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns.
Manalo's appointment papers were signed on Tuesday, February 13, according to Malacañang.
JUST IN. Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo V Manalo appointed special envoy for OFW concerns by President Duterte. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/sR1NwiDSyK — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) February 14, 2018
Manalo, the eldest son of the late Eraño Manalo, assumed his duties as Executive Minister in September 2009. (READ: FAST FACTS: Who is Eduardo Manalo, special envoy for OFW concerns?)
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