The Philippine Star

Evasco back in Duterte government

- – Alexis Romero

President Duterte has named his former Cabinet secretary and campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. as presidenti­al adviser on streamlini­ng of government processes, Malacañang announced yesterday.

Presidenti­al spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte signed Evasco’s appointmen­t papers last Nov. 24, paving the way for the return of the President’s trusted adviser to the government after two years. The post was given the rank of secretary.

“PA (presidenti­al adviser) Evasco is not new in the Duterte administra­tion, having served as Cabinet secretary in the early years of the current administra­tion. His familiarit­y with the present bureaucrac­y would contribute greatly in his new task of streamlini­ng government processes in the executive. Welcome back, PA Evasco,” Roque said in a statement.

A former Bohol town mayor and rebel priest, Evasco served as Cabinet secretary of Duterte from 2016 to 2018.

He ran for governor of Bohol in 2019 but lost to Arthur Yap, an ally of Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In 2018, Evasco had a tiff with National Food Authority (NFA) administra­tor Jason Aquino over the manner of importing rice to avert a shortage of the staple.

Evasco, then the NFA Council chairman, preferred that rice imports be done through private bidding, putting him at odds with NFA management, which favored government- to- government deals.

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