PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his former spokesperson Ernesto Abella as undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Abella's appointment paper, which was released by Malacañang on Thursday, November 23, was signed on October 27, on the same day that Duterte announced that lawyer Harry Roque will be his new spokesperson.
The Chief Executive earlier said it was a "personal decision" to remove Abella as his spokesperson.
But prior to the President's remark, there were reports that Abella was dismissed because Duterte was not satisfied by the latter's way of dealing with the media when his trust and satisfaction scores suffered a two-digit decline in the Social Weather Stations' September poll.
Prior to serving in government, Abella was an evangelical Christian pastor, former businessman, former newspaper columnist, and college professor. He was abducted by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 1996 and Duterte was instrumental in his release. (SunStar Philippines)