• Another sacked urban poor commissioner was given a new post in government
  • Ex-PCUP commissioner Manuel Serra was named to the PCA governing board
  • He is the second PCUP official fired earlier and was reappointed to a new position

MANILA, Philippines – Another sacked commissioner of the Philippine Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP) has been reappointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to a new government post.

Manuel L. Serra Jr., one of the PCUP commissioners fired by Duterte in December last year along with its former chairman Terry Ridon, was appointed to the governing board of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

Serra, will be serving the unexpired term of Abundio Edicio Dela Torre which started last July 2017 and will end this coming June 30. His appointment was signed on Wednesday, June 6.

He will be the second PCUP commissioner to get a new position in government after Melissa Avanceña Aradanas; a cousin of Duterte’s partner, Honeylet Avanceña. Aradanas was named the deputy secretary general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council in March.

Image from Manuel Serra’s Facebook account

Apparently, this won’t be the end of the President’s uncommon, if not controversial practice, of reappointing sacked officials to a new post.

“It’s political season. Expect more statements like these especially for those seeking reelection,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in defense of Duterte’s actions. “But as far as the President is concerned he has fired [at least] 20, all of whom were very close to him.”

Among those who were given a second, if not a third, chance after being fired are former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon who was appointed as deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense; and former Social Security System (SSS) Commissioner Pompee La Viña who was reappointed as Tourism undersecretary, and then Agriculture undersecretary, just recently.