PNOC-EC head fired; Belmonte named special envoy to Japan

October 16, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has fired Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) top official Pedro Aquino Jr.

“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has asked Atty. Pedro A. Aquino, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), as well as a member of the Board of the PNOC-Exploration Corporation, to submit his resignation as such before the Office of the President, for loss of confidence,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement yesterday.

“The President’s order is still in line and pursuant to his anti-corruption campaign in the government, and underscores once again that there are no sacred cows under this Administration,” Panelo added.

The Palace official reiterated Duterte’s order “to all officials and employees of the government to undertake actions which are only pursuant to what the law provides in the performance of their official functions and desist from committing any act that are — or may appear to be — irregular, illegal or dishonest.”

Special ambassador

In another development President Duterte has appointed former House Speaker and former Liberal Party stalwart Feliciano Belmonte as Special Envoy of the President to Japan for Trade and Market Access.

Duterte appointed Belmonte on October 15 but his appointment paper was released only yesterday.