Marcos names more Cabinet members, appointees

MANILA – President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has named former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as presidential legal counsel and announced his nominees as head of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

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.

Press Secretary-designate Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos nominated retired Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director, General Ricardo de Leon, as NICA Director General-designate.

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.

De Leon is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matatag” Class of 1971 and a classmate of outgoing Senator Panfilo Lacson and outgoing Department of Information and Communications Technology secretary Gregorio Honasan.
De Leon currently serves as the president of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), which is the premier educational institution for the training, human resource development, and continuing education of all police, fire, and jail personnel.

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)