DILG Undersecretary Hinlo appointed to Landbank

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DILG Undersecretary Hinlo appointed to Landbank
From the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr moves to the Land Bank of the Philippines' board of directors

MANILA, Philippines – One of the undersecretaries who pushed for the ouster of former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Ismael Sueno has been transferred to a state-run bank.

DILG Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a member of the board of directors of the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank).

He is tasked with representing the private sector, according to his appointment papers sent by Malacañang to media on Tuesday, October 24. Duterte signed the documents on October 13.

Hinlo will serve in his new post until June 30, 2018, taking over the remainder of the term of Virgilio Robes, the board member he is replacing.

At the DILG, Hinlo was in charge of programs promoting public safety.

Along with two other undersecretaries, John Castriciones and Emily Padilla, he angered Sueno for supposedly seeking the latter’s ouster due to alleged corruption.

Before Sueno was fired by the President, the then-DILG chief clipped the powers of the 3 officials, putting them on floating status.

Hinlo has denied the allegations against them, saying that Sueno’s acts were a form of “harassment” against the reforms they were advocating within the DILG.

Hinlo had been accused of trying to bypass the department’s procurement system, and for engaging in “money-making enterprises” through the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – agencies under the DILG.

DILG officials and employees have written to Duterte asking him to fire Hinlo, Castriciones, and Padilla. – Rappler.com

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