State counsel temporarily replaces DOJ Usec studying in US

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has appointed a state counsel as a new undersecretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

De Lima said State Counsel Ricardo Paras III would temporarily sit as Office In Charge-Undersecretary for a year beginning July.

"Paras will temporarily head the office of Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar who will be on leave to pursue post-graduate studies in the United States," said De Lima.

Salazar is the current most senior undersecretary of the department and is the Undersecretary-In-Charge of the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT).

Salazar will return to his post at the DOJ in July next year.

De Lima said Salzar was recently accepted into the one-year Harvard Kennedy School's Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) under the Edward S. Mason Program.

The intensive program will also be preceded by a one-month summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals.

The Justice chief described the Mason Program as "Harvard Kennedy School's flagship international school which prepares emerging global leaders to address the world's most compelling development challenges."

Among the Filipino graduates of the program are the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, as well as Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

Under Paras' one-year tenure as DOJ undersecretary, De Lima assured the public that IACAT would be "resolute in its mandate to weed out human trafficking and the same enthusiasm and resolve will be carried out during his watch." —KG, GMA News

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