Aquino appoints Rico Puno as DILG undersecretary

Posted at 07/05/10 10:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has named Rico Escalona Puno as undersecretary at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda confirmed Puno's appointment via a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Puno had been a member of Aquino's staff since the president's days as a lawmaker.

As Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Puno will oversee the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Puno replaced DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus on Monday. -- report from Willard Cheng, ABSC-CBN News