Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


President Aquino appoints new Trade Secretary

President Aquino appointed a new Department of Trade Secretary to succeed Gregory Domingo who resigned in September. His successor is Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., a lawyer, columnist and law professor. He was quoted as saying he vows to move fast in the last 6 months of the president’s term.
“Every minute is an opportunity to innovate and improve,”he is quoted as saying. He received his Bachelors Degree of Arts Degree in from the University of California, Berkeley and his Juris Doctor of Laws at Ateneo University. His first job with the goverment was in 1991-1994 when he served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Dept. of Interior.


PNoy appoints new Supreme Court Justice

Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa took his oath as the new Supreme Court Associate Justice Jan. 27 before Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He served as the Justice Secretary for only three months. He was chosen from a list of five nominees.
He is taking the position of Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. who will retire due to ailing health.
Caguioa has been a litigation attorney for 25 years, according to an Inquirer News report. He is one of six SC Justices appointed by PNoy.
He is a former classmate of PNoy at the Ateneo de Manila.

Fil-Am running for San Mateo county Board seat

A seasoned Fil-Am elected official in Daly City, California will be running for the San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors.
Fil-Am Mike Guingona, a former mayor, councilor and Vice-mayor for Daly City, California will be vying for the seat against two other candidates. The seat is being held by Adrienne Tissier, whose term is ending.
Guingona is the nephew of the late Teofisto ’Tito’ Guingona, Jr, the Philippines Vice-President under the Ramos administration and former senator.
A lawyer by profession, he has been a resident of Daly City since the age of 3.

Filipina weightlifter invited back to Olympics

Two weightlifters will represent the Philippines at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janerio.
Olympian Hidilyn Diaz will accompany fellow weightlifter Eric Cray, making this her third Olympic run after her participation in 2008 and 2012. According to her coach Elbert Atilano, she became eligible for the upcoming games after bagging three bronze medals during the Internationl Weightlifing Federation World Championship held in  Houston in December.
Diaz’s invitation to the summer games was confirmed by Philippine Sports Commission Chair Richie Garcia, according to an Inquirer News report.



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