Duterte eyes CNN Hero as new urban poor commission chair

FILE PHOTO: Efren Peñaflorida

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed interest in appointing 2009 CNN Hero awardee, Efren Peñaflorida as the new chairman of Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

Peñaflorida is a teacher who is known for his alternative learning system called “Kariton Klasrum (pushcart classroom).”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Duterte has instructed Special Assistant to the President Bong Go to look Peñaflorida and ask him regarding the offer to join the administration.

There is no final decision yet on this matter as Peñaflorida’s response is still needed and the responsibilities of the position must be explained to him.

The President had previously removed former PCUP chairman, Terry Ridon and his commissioners for alleged “junkets” and for failing to meet as a collegial body. — UNTV News and Rescue

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