Ber­samin named GSIS chair

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For­mer chief jus­tice Lu­cas Ber­samin, who re­tired from the Supreme Court four months ago, is now the chair­man of the Gov­ern­ment Ser­vice In­surance Sys­tem (GSIS).

“The Palace con­firms that Pres­i­dent Duterte has ap­proved the nom­i­na­tion of Mr. Lu­cas P. Ber­samin as chair­per­son of the Gov­ern­ment Ser­vice In­surance Sys­tem,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Sal­vador Panelo said yes­ter­day.

Ber­samin’s ap­point­ment was signed by the Pres­i­dent on Feb. 6.

The order also as­signs the for­mer chief jus­tice as mem­ber of the GSIS Board of Trustees to serve the un­ex­pired term

of Je­sus Clint Aranas, for­mer GSIS pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, un­til June 30, 2020.

Duterte an­nounced in July last year that he had fired Aranas over re­ports of al­leged cor­rup­tion.

How­ever, Mala­cañang later down­played the is­sue, say­ing that Aranas just filed his res­ig­na­tion and that the Pres­i­dent ac­cepted it.

Mean­while, for­mer GSIS chair­man Rolando Ma­casaet still re­tains his post as act­ing pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the state-run pen­sion fund, ac­cord­ing to Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Car­los Dominguez III.

Panelo ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the GSIS will be in good hands, cit­ing Ber­samin’s good pub­lic ser­vice record.

“Mr. Ber­samin has a ster­ling record of pub­lic ser­vice capped by a 10-year ser­vice in the Supreme Court where he as­sumed the po­si­tion of chief jus­tice in 2018. For­mer chief jus­tice Ber­samin fin­ished law at the Univer­sity of the East in 1973 and placed 9th in the Bar ex­am­i­na­tions there­after,” he said.

“We are con­fi­dent that Mr. Ber­samin would serve the GSIS with the same ded­i­ca­tion and in­tegrity he demon­strated in his many years of gov­ern­ment ser­vice,” Panelo added.

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