Marcos, who has announced he will take the portfolio of the Secretary of Agriculture, also named outgoing Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, and retired AFP chief Jose Faustino Jr. as Solicitor General, and Officer-in-Charge of the Department of National Defense, respectively.
De Leon, as NICA chief, will become part of Marcos’ security cluster joining other officials from the departments of Defense, Local Government, Foreign Affairs, and Justice; the Armed Forces of the Philippines; the PNP; and the National Bureau of Investigation, Cruz-Angeles said.
Meantime, former BIR deputy commissioner Lilia Guillermo has been tapped to lead the country’s leading tax collection agency, Cruz-Angeles said.
Cruz-Angeles said Guillermo’s track record makes her qualified to serve as BIR Commissioner-designate.
“Guillermo’s strong background in Information Technology (IT) and her almost four decades of service at the BIR complements President-elect Marcos’ objective of boosting the country’s revenue through efficient tax collection,” she said.
Guillermo is cited for the successful implementation of the Philippines Tax Computerization Project, which established a modern tax collection system for the BIR and the Bureau of Customs.
Guillermo serves as an assistant governor at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
She also heads the BSP Technology and Digital Innovation Office and manages the BSP’s IT Modernization Roadmap for 2018-2033.
Cruz-Angeles said Guillermo will be joined by lawyer Romeo Lumagui Jr. who will serve as the BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations-designate under the Marcos administration.
Lumagui, Cruz-Angeles said, is a tax lawyer “with decades of experience who once served as the Regional Investigation Division Chief of Revenue Region No. 7B East NCR.” (Claire Morales True)