Meet the new DENR secretary appointee 

President Rody Duterte today swore to office former Ambassador Roy Cimatu as new Secretary of the Dept of Environment.and Natural Resources.

Secretary Cimatu takes over from former secretary Regina Lopez whose appointment was rejected by the Commission on Appointments.

“We are confident that Secretary Cimatu shall faithfully serve the interest of the country and the Filipino people in his capacity as the new DENR Secretary,” said presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Cimatu is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1970. He was chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from May to September 2002 during the Arroyo administration. Click to Watch Video Below:

After retiring from the AFP, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him as special envoy to the Middle East with a title of ambassador. Last April, Duterte appointed Cimatu as special ambassador for overseas Filipino worker-refugees.

Duterte announced Cimatu’s latest appointment while Lopez’s supporters were holding a rally in Manila on Monday urging the President to re-appoint the DENR chief, who was ousted last week by the Commission on Appointments.

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