Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino is again in politics greater than a 12 months after dropping the 2016 senatorial race.
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Tolentino as his political adviser, a doc launched by Malacanang Tuesday (July 11) confirmed.
Tolentino’s appointment papers have been signed on June 27.
The former MMDA chair, who positioned 13th within the elections, has been a well-known fixture in Duterte’s abroad travels even earlier than his appointment.
Tolentino’s appointment is seen as a technique to spice up his probabilities of successful the 2019 elections, the place he desires to run once more as senator.
As political adviser, Tolentino will get to mingle with politikos nationwide. His connection to the President helps as nicely.
Duterte seems satisfied that Tolentino has the qualities of a senator, joking throughout his journey to Bahrain final April that the previous MMDA chair was on his option to the Senate.
“Si Senator… maging senador, papunta ito doon. Francis Tolentino. Mayor ng Tagaytay,” Duterte stated when he addressed the Filipino neighborhood in Bahrain final April 14.
Aside from Tolentino, one other distinguished character appointed to the federal government was Anthony Castelo.
The singer was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bataan Shipyard and Engineering Company.