Misuari formally named special envoy on Islamic affairs

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    PRESIDENT Duterte has made formal the appointment of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misauri as the country’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).

    Malacañang released a list of Duterte’s new appointees and promotions, including the name of Misuari.

    The President named Misuari as his Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs to the OIC in December 2019 to help the government in fostering lasting relationships with the leaders of Islamic countries.

    “Brother Nur has occupied several positions in the past. Consider it as an honor for me to delegate you as special envoy of the government. Most of the leaders of the OIC are friends of Nur. It’s good that Allah has given you a longer life to see these things because I do not think that there is other Moro personality that could command the respect and trust of the OIC but only you. You are the only one who can bring the case to the OIC and get the results,” Duterte had said when he met in Misuari in Duterte and offered the post.
    Misuari had then accepted the designation and said he was “grateful” to the President.

    The list of appointees also included Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa who was formally appointed as director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection officer in charge Jose Embang Jr. who was formally named chief of the fire bureau with a rank of fire director.

    Gamboa has been the officer-in-charge of the PNP since October last year. He took his oath as the new PNP chief before the President in Batangas last Monday.

    Embang was named OIC of the BFP early this year vice Fire Director Leonard Bañago who retired last January 7.

    Gamboa, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, had been assigned in various capacities including spokesman of the PNP Davao Regional Office from 1997 to 2002.

    He was a former member of the Criminal Investigations and Detection Group, a former provincial police chief of Bukidnon, a former regional chief of Calabarzon, and headed the PNP Logistics Resource Management Division, Regional Controllership Division of Caraga, and director for comptrollership, among others.

    On the other hand, Embang was a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class of 1987 and was the BFP deputy chief for operations before he was named as OIC of BFP.

    Also in the list of appointees was author and stage director Arthur Casanova who was named full time commissioner of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) for the Tagalog language.

    Casannova, who replaces Virgilio S. Almario, will serve a term of seven years or until 2027.

    He earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education in Filipino from the Mindanao State University and his Masters Degree in Education and Doctorate Degree in Linguistics and Literature from the Philippine Normal University.

    The appointment paper of Casanova was signed last January 8 while the appointment papers of Misuari, Gamboa and Embang were signed last January 20.