Malacañang declared on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte named one of his presidential advisors, Ramon “RJ” Jacinto, as the new Department of Information Technology and Communications (DICT) undersecretary.
Harry Roque, the Presidential spokesperson said in a press release that on May 22 Jacinto’s appointment document had been signed.
Roque said the current name of Jacinto was “co-terminus with the authority to designate.”
Jacinto’s appointment came after Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr., who resigned on January 31 this year, was approved by Duterte.
Roque said the Palace was assured that Jacinto would be able to perform his role as the new DICT official.
“We’re sure Usec would. Jacinto will represent DICT with devotion and dignity, which will help fulfill the mission of the Department under the new administration, “he said.
Before his new tenure, Jacinto was serving with the rank of undersecretary as the Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs and Information Communications Technology.
In the 2016 presidential elections Jacinto, a singer and businessman, campaigned for Duterte.
Jacinto graduated from Ateneo de Manila with an Economics degree with honors.
He continued his studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he took up law.