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Marcos appoints ex-Supreme Court justice Tinga DBP acting chair
Marcos appoints ex-Supreme Court justice Tinga DBP acting chair

OATH-TAKING. Dante Tinga (leftmost) takes his oath as acting chairman and board member of the Development Bank of the Philippines in Malacañang on December 22.

Photo from Rica Tinga

The former Supreme Court associate justice takes his oath before former chief justice and now Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed former Supreme Court associate justice Dante Tinga as acting chairman and member of the board of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Malacañang announced on Friday, December 23.

The appointment, dated December 9, was coursed through the Department of Finance, which supervises the government-owned bank.

Tinga took his oath on Thursday, December 22, in Malacañang before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, who was a former SC chief justice.

Why does this matter?

The DBP is the country’s premier government financial institution for the national government’s key development programs, among them, the development of economic zones and the funding of infrastructure projects.

Marcos and his congressional allies were most recently pushing for a sovereign wealth fund named Maharlika Investment Fund to be financed by both the DBP and the Landbank of the Philippines, another government-owned bank.

Talking about Tinga

Tinga, 83, was SC associate justice from 2003 to 2009 but his life has not just been entirely tied to the judicial bench.

He was also a former member of the House of Representatives for the lone district of Taguig-Pateros from 1987 to 1998. In the 2022 polls, he tried again to be part of Congress by being the first nominee of the newly-created Silbi Partylist, but the group failed to secure even a single seat.

Tinga was also dean of the University of the East College of Law from 1989 to 1993, and from 2017 to 2018. – Rambo Talabong/

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