Lapena, ‘a good soldier,’ accepts new post, says Customs spokesman
FORMER Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena accepted his new position as the new Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), a spokesman for the bureau said on Friday.
“Yes of course [he has accepted it]. As the President [Rodrigo Duterte] said, he’s transferrimg General Lapena to TESDA,” lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria, a port collector, said in a text message to The Manila Times.
Lapena is a good soldier and a man of integrity, said Austria.
He also confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte and Lapena had a private talk but did not elaborate what transpired during the meeting.
Lapena’s new appointment is equivalent to a Cabinet-rank position — a promotion from his previous post as Customs commissioner, an attached agency of the Department of Finance. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL